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

Accommodation Type

Safari lodge

Accommodation Level


Price Guide


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Chobe Bakwena Lodge Highlights

  • Watch hippos in the river from your private deck
  • Dine by candlelight
  • Take boat trips and 4×4 safaris in Chobe
  • Cool off with a swim or outdoor shower
  • Enjoy a song from the staff at mealtimes

Chobe Bakwena Lodge overview

Bakwena Lodge is a great base from which to explore Chobe National Park by 4X4 vehicle, by boat and on foot. The 10 guest rondavels are arranged along the banks of the Chobe and each has a private viewing deck with a prime river view where you can relax on the daybed. Inside the accommodation is deliberately simple, with whitewashed walls, a mosquito covered bed, wickerwork chairs and bright scatter cushions. Rooms are light with several windows and the walls are filled with sandbags which provide effective insulation from heat and cold. The bathroom with its metal hand basin and chunky wood framed mirror has a pleasantly rustic feel. It leads out to a screened garden with an outside shower.

The lounge, set beneath a high thatched ceiling, has comfy chairs and sofas with many colourful cushions and it’s the ideal place to unwind between safari activities, sipping a drink from the Rain Tree bar. Local artwork and carvings add character. Much of the furniture has been sourced from auctions and second hand shops and lovingly restored. There are various books for you to look through, though you will probably be quite content to sit and enjoy the views towards to river. Meals are based on local Setswana cuisine and use local ingredients. They are served at the long dining table on the deck by the river, everyone eating together, though private meals can be arranged. Dinners are especially atmospheric, with candles providing soft lighting and are followed by drinks around the camp fire. The lodge has a small swimming pool surrounded by trees which provide privacy.

Game drives and boat cruises on the Chobe River provide excellent wildlife sightings and can be combined with nature walks and specialist bird watching trips for an all-round safari experience. You’ll be offered an excursion to Impalila Island in Namibia where you’ll see impressive baobab trees and visit local villages. This is good fishing territory with plentiful stocks of catfish, pike, bream and tigerfish.


Chobe Bakwena Lodge

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  • Thatched, open-fronted lounge
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Dining deck
  • Firepit
  • Swimming pool and sunbathing area
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Game drives in the national park
  • Boat safaris
  • River cruises
  • Impalila Island visit
  • Village visits
  • Nature walks
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing


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

Chobe Bakwena room


Rooms are traditional in design and deliberately simply furnished keeping them uncluttered, light and spacious.

  • 10 guest rondavels including 2 family units
  • Kingsize bed
  • Mosquito nets
  • Insect repellent
  • En-suite indoor bathroom with shower, basin and toilet
  • Outdoor shower
  • Viewing deck with sofa, table and chairs

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