Bordering Chobe National Park – home to Kalahari elephants, the world’s largest species - this safari retreat offers splendid views across the Chobe River and its dry-season floodplains. Fifteen family-friendly bungalows are set in manicured gardens and Chobe Chilwero boasts the only full spa facility on Botswana’s safari circuit, with a tree-top treatment room that offers a unique pampering experience.

Add morning and evening game drives to Chobe National Park – conveniently scheduled to avoid pre-dawn wake-up calls and allowing time for breakfast – as well as tranquil sunset riverboat cruises and you have all the ingredients for the perfect safari. 

Guests at Chobe Chilwero can bask in the split-level swimming pools or enjoy afternoon high tea on the soft lawn after a morning photographing sable antelope, water-weeded hippo, long-horned kudu, sleepy crocodiles and adorable banded mongooses. Then watch the sun transform from egg-yolk yellow to a blood-red fireball as it sinks below the far-off horizon…

Recent accolades & press

  •  Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 - The world's best places to stay
  •  Tripadvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2015


  • Riverside retreat bordering Chobe National Park
  • Child-minding & complimentary Wi-Fi services
  • Twice-daily game drives 
  • Sunset cruises & swimming pool
  • Spa with tree-top treatment room

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Chobe Chilwero is a family-friendly establishment that welcomes children of all ages. A lounge area with board games and TV are available as well as child-minding services.

Fifteen cottages are built on either side of the central reception area that adjoins a dining room, bar and lounge. The dining room boasts glorious views of the gardens and Chobe River, and leads onto an outside terrace that begs for alfresco dining with the twittering birds.

Twice daily game drives in open-sided 4x4s and motorboat trips on the Chobe River put guests into close contact with the incredible diversity of wildlife in the Chobe area.

The lodge’s split-level swimming pool is the ideal place to while away hot afternoons while a fully-equipped spa – with a unique ‘tree-top’ treatment room – soothes and rejuvenates.

General Facilities

    iPads available
    Swimming Pool
    Laundry Service
    Wi-fi available


Enjoy meals in the spacious dining room or out on the covered verandah to take in its stunning garden and river views. Breakfast is served before your morning game drive and comprises continental options with barista coffee as well as a hot English-style breakfast made to order. Lunch is usually a choice of two or three plated dishes plus dessert, otherwise try creating your own pizza for a delicious alternative. Afternoon tea is served before you set out for a late game drive or sunset cruise.

Pre-dinner drinks are served with canapés in the lounge. Your three-course dinner includes options of terrific game meat dishes such as eland and ostrich, and wood-fired pizzas with your choice of tasty toppings, each paired with a wine from the cellar.

Thatched Cottage

The air-conditioned brick-and-thatch suites have enormous bedrooms furnished with 4-poster beds covered with mosquito netting. Large glass doors allow views of the surrounding lodge gardens with a walled private garden behind each cottage. The en suite bathroom has a free-standing bathtub, as well as a shower and a double vanity. Outside, there is a sitting area with a view out to your private garden, which also has an outdoor shower and a hammock. All rooms have safes, mini bars, telephones and Wi-Fi. 

Thatched Cottage AMENITIES

    En-suite bath and shower
    Mini bar
    Mosquito net
    Outdoor shower
    Wi-fi available in room


  • Game drives
  • Sunset cruise
  • Boat excursions
  • Fishing
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 06 Jan 2016 - 14 Jun 2016 $590 Fully Inclusive
  • 15 Jun 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $990 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016 $590 Fully Inclusive
  • 21 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017 $990 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Luxury Cottages,Honeymoon Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The warm welcome and a completely lovely large room; we think it had the best meals and the BBQ was exceptional.

    Phyllis Ohlemacher, September 2014
  • When we arrived at Chobe Chilwero it was lunch time and the "fare" was make-your-own pizza.The first night we had a "river" game drive that was both amazing and relaxing. No bouncing around in a Toyota Land Cruiser on dirt roads. Hundreds of birds, hippos, crocs and bathing elephants were observed constantly.For our last drive, we opted to go back on the Chobe River in the morning. We watched the elephants swing and eat water lilies, and a pod of hippos blocked out return for a while.The elephants, at night, roamed the paths between the Chobe Chiwero chalets and main house eating tree branches and knocking down the wifi.

    William Frankfort, May 2014
  • The differences between the three camps and the countryside around them made it all very interesting. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and brilliant at finding the wildlife. All in all, a wonderful trip.

    Ray Chambers, January 2014
  • We loved Chobe Chilwero. Great food, great game drives and we had a fabulous driver. Just wonderful. Same was true at Thornybush. We were very fortunate in our animal sighting at both places. At Chobe we got to see 2 lions mating and at Thornybush we saw 2 different prides and cubs. So cute. We also saw 3 different leopards, a black rhino and white rhinos, a hyena, honey badgers, hundreds of elephants, etc. Just wonderful.

    Deborah Vincent, July 2013
  • Chobe Chilwero was a different experience and we enjoyed the late afternoon river cruises where we saw a lot of different animals drinking at the river and a huge variety of birds. We also were fortunate to see a huge number of elephants walk around our jeep down to the river. Again, the food was beautiful, staff very professional and we met great people.

    John Farrow, April 2012
  • Chobe Chilwero was exceptional (food, accommodation, guides etc). Even though the time of year wasn't ideal for game viewing, we still managed to see most of the big 5 (with the exception of Leopards).

    David Klass, February 2011
  • The trip was fantastic. We even started planning for our return before we had finished the trip. We will definitely be using Go2Africa again. Everything went according to plan with not one hiccup. The two lodges were unbelievable and we will definitely include Chobe Chilwero in the itinerary of our next trip. The highlight was witnessing a pride of lions stalking and bringing down an impala. You don't get to see that every day. Even the guide was excited.

    Virginia Fairchild, February 2008

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Ashley Gerrand

Ashley Gerrand

Africa Safari Expert

"Chobe Chilwero is a spacious and really comfortable lodge overlooking the spectacular Chobe River. I love the riverside serenity and manicured green lawns!"



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Chobe Chilwero was a different experience and we enjoyed the late afternoon river cruises where we saw a lot of different animals drinking at the river and a huge variety of birds. We also were fortunate to see a huge number of elephants walk around our jeep down to the river. Again, the food was beautiful, staff very professional and we met great people.

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