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Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Bakwena Lodge is a great base from which to explore Chobe National Park by 4X4 vehicle, by boat and on foot.


On Chobe River, east of Chobe National Park (close to the Kazungula ferry)

Accommodation Type

Safari Lodge

Accommodation Level

Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.

Price Guide


Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Bakwena Lodge is an eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River. You’re surrounded riverine forest and floodplain, and of course the star of the show, the Chobe River flows in front of the lodge.

A popular choice for our guests, not only does it offer good value for money, the riverfront location is excellent. It’s a good base from which to explore this region. Bakwena is owner run by the Young family and together with the staff they will endeavour to make this your home from home while you are in Botswana and at the same, time offer you an authentic experience.  There are 10 River View Chalets which include a family room and a Honeymoon Suite, in addition there are 5 Treetop Chalets.

Activities include game drives and boat cruises on the Chobe. The lodge is a 15-20 minute drive from the park entrance, so you’re there before you know it. The drives follow the banks of the river and head deeper into the bush in the hope of encountering elephant, impala, buffalo and lion to name a few. You’ll get to stretch your legs and quench your thirst before continuing on. Boat cruises offer a different perspective and are a great way to see some of the many birds in the area, along with basking crocodiles and rafts of hippo. Enjoy a cultural visit to a local village and experience the Batswana way of life or hop aboard a bike and discover the local area with a guide or alone. A day trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is also possible from here

Chobe Bakwena Lodge highlights

  • Just 15-20 minutes from the park entrance

  • River front location

  • Perfect base for Chobe

  • Surrounded by riverine forest

  • Family owned and run

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Chobe Bakwena Lodge



  • 15 room lodge

  • Open all year

  • Children of all ages are welcome.
  • There are 2 family chalets.
  • The minimum age for game drives is 8 years


  • Swimming pool

  • WiFi

  • Viewing deck

  • Lounge

  • Dining area


  • Game drives

  • Boat cruises

  • Cultural village visit

  • Victoria Falls day trip

  • Bike rides

  • Relaxation by the river

River view chalets

The 10 river view chalets have been built facing the Chobe River. There are rooms with twin or king size beds. The rooms nestle amidst indigenous riverine forest. Enjoy privacy from your own veranda as you listen out for the call of the magnificent fish eagle. Enjoy the beauty of the Chobe Area. Your comfortable room comes with Wi-Fi access and an air conditioner to keep things cool on hot humid days.

Tree-top chalets

These chalets are set back from the river and are elevated on stilts, 3 metres of the ground. Surrounded by trees and bush, it evokes a feeling of peace, tranquillity and remoteness. Access to the room is via a wooden staircase to the side. A thatch roof helps keep things cool and there is air conditioning should you need it along with Wi-Fi.

Family room

There is one family room which sleeps 4.

Honeymoon suite

There is a honeymoon suite, set apart from the other chalets and slightly larger, it has a free-standing bathtub and a day bed on the veranda, a perfect spot for a siesta.

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    From the structure of the buildings using sustainable and energy saving materials through to recycling and reducing waste, composting, upcycling and purchasing handcrafted items to enhance the décor – Chobe Bakwena lives up to it’s eco-lodge credentials.

    And don’t forget … for every booking we take, Botswana Specialists (which is part of Tribes Travel) plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we also back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

    You can click on Tuskwana to read more about our TRAVEL + PROTECT initiatives on our Tribes website, including ways you can help with our ongoing projects.


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