Welcome to Bakwena Lodge, an eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River. We are located in the Chobe area and arrived at through the friendly village of Kazangula. Botswana is safari country and Bakwena is ideally positioned, 1.5kms from the meeting place of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.
Bakwena, from Setswana meaning ‘people of the crocodile’ one of the largest tribes in Botswana; embraces the surrounding culture and country as inspiration for its style and hospitality. Staff are members of the local villages and form part of our responsible tourism initiative through investing in our local communities. Whether you have come to unwind or to have a safari adventure, we are your destination. Activities include game drives or river cruises in the Chobe, fishing trips, bird watching, nature walks, cultural tours and visiting Impalila Island with its giant baobabs.
Bakwena Lodge comprises 10 rondavel style chalets, 2 of which are family units, all situated under the shady canopy of Acacia trees, each site has been selected for its river view and is surrounded by indigenous riverine bush. Built around both ecological and traditional African principles, each chalet offers laid-back luxury with its own raised deck overlooking the river. Built-in daybeds offer ample opportunity to absorb the changing moods of the Chobe.
Each chalet has an interior bathroom opening onto an outside garden with an outside shower – to shower under an African night sky surrounded by the sounds of the bush is a must-do experience that cleanses and energizes both body and soul.
Chobe is home to Africa’s largest elephant population with a daily migration of these magnificent pachyderms from their foraging grounds in the Teak forests, to the mighty Chobe to quench their thirst. Naturally, most activities are based around game viewing, either by vehicle or boat.
We offer several options tailored to our guests:
Generally a three hour activity in the Chobe National Park, early morning offers the best chance to spot some of the shier big cats, however all times of the day offer unique experiences!
Definitely the most sedate method of game viewing, interrupted only by the harrumphing hippos! The Chobe River has one of the highest concentrations of bird species in the world, from the elusive Finfoot to the regal African Fisheagle
By boat, on foot or from the comfort of your own deck; there is a wide variety of species to see including: trumpeter hornbills, crested barbets, weavers, Bishop birds, the pin tailed whydah, collared palm thrush and African fin foot.
These can either be conducted on the property or for the more adventurous, walks can be arranged in the nearby Lesoma valley or the surrounding forest reserves.
Why not join one of our guides for an educational stroll through the nearby village and learn a little about local customs and traditions.
Impalila Island across the River is in Namibia and is well worth a visit to see Africa’s other grey giant – the mystical baobab tree. The Island also offers village walks as life on the island is still lived to ancient traditions. The villagers can also provide guided birding and mekoro (dugout canoe) trips.
A sedate cruise along our stretch of river should offer some great birding and you will get to glide across the intersection of four African countries (without passport bureaucracy) – Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe!
The Chobe and Zambezi river systems are home to arguably the best fighting fish in the world (pound for pound) – the mighty Tigerfish. The river systems are also home to a number of other worthy angling species, including catfish, pike and Tilapia species.
Please Contact Us for details about special offers or to make a reservation.
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