- Lovely views
- Excellent Eco credentials
- Game drives and boat trips in Chobe area
- Fishing and biking tours available
Bakwena Lodge is situated near the Chobe National Park on the banks of the Chobe River near the village of Kazangula.
The name Bakwena embraces the surrounding culture of Botswana, meaning ‘people of the crocodile’ and is also one of the largest tribes in Botswana.
Bakwena Lodge features ten rondavel-style river view chalets (including one family unit), and five tree top chalets.
The river view chalets sit at ground level with small, private decks in front surrounded by indigenous riverine bush, looking towards the Chobe River. The treetop chalets are elevated three metres above the ground on stilts, with large, private decks looking into the tree canopy. Both river view and treetop chalets offer twin or double beds, as well as an indoor and outdoor shower. The River view family chalet offers two bedrooms with a shared bathroom (with indoor and outdoor shower).
The personal touch of owners can be felt from the hand-selected furniture to the food served at meal times where simple, African-fusion dishes, inspired by traditional Tswana cuisine are offered. The swimming pool and main area with its lounge, restaurant and Rain Tree bar overlooking the river offers guests a relaxed atmosphere to unwind in.
Activities include game drives or river cruises in the Chobe National Park. The option to engage in a village tour or bicycle ride to the world’s only four nation border or village can be arranged with management on arrival.
Guests have the option to exchange two Chobe National Park activities for an unguided full day Victoria Falls trip. You are transported (shared) in an air-conditioned mini bus to the entrance of the Falls. You will be collected and transported to the local markets and restaurants, before returning to the lodge. Please note lunch, all entry fees and park fees are excluded
- On the banks of the Chobe River
- Private Jetty
- Pool with a view
- Close to Chobe National Park
- Tented accommodation
- Swimming pool
• 116 rooms & suites with river views
• Group & family-friendly property
• Beautiful riverside setting
• Adjacent Chobe National Park
• Built around a baobab
- Larger Commercial Lodge
- Located beside Chobe National Park
- Excellent Wildlife Location
- High safari traffic area
- Supreme game viewing
- Banks of the Chobe River
- Game drives and cruises
- Large 47 room lodge
- &Beyond property
- Semi mobile tented camp
- Traditional safari experience
- Mix of water and land based safari
- 8 suites with private decks & plunge pools
- Panoramic river & floodplain views-
- Walking & excellent elephant sightings
- River cruises, good birding and night drives in Chobe Forest Reserve
- Mobile Camp
- Interconnecting Family Tents
- Ensuite Bush Shower & Loo
- Fully Serviced Camp
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023
Hi Lisa, Thanks for your email! It was amazing thank you! We had the best time, everything ran smoothly (aside from a break-down due to faulty clutch on day 1 of the tour, but our guide / driver sorted that and we were back on track by that evening). Saw all the things we wanted to see, even a mum and cub cheetah. Our boys have had such a different holiday and a fab taste of the world! Thank you so much for organising this for us. We’d definitely recommend our guide/driver (Tuhafeni) and assistant (Frans) again. Nicola
Nicola T reviewing Highlights of Namibia - Family Group Tour on 18 August 2023