Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush on the edge of Chobe National Park!

Sitting above the Chobe River, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far across as Namibia. This is an incredibly luxurious lodge with just 15 guest cottages, as well as the only full spa on the Botswana safari circuit. Relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge borders Chobe National Park in northern Botswana.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge is a luxurious lodge with just 14 guest cottages and one romantic honeymoon suite; as well as the first full spa on the Botswana safari circuit.

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, with all of the facilities of a larger resort. The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River which borders Chobe National Park to the north. As well as the elephants for which the park is famous for. Guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.


Each of the 14 thatched guest cottages has two showers, one inside and one outside. The en-suite bathroom also has a large free-standing bath. After a day of game viewing, what better way to relax than in your own private garden with a cocktail? Or if the fancy takes you, why not have your gourmet dinner served right here under the African sky. Coffee stations are now available for guest use in the rooms.


Our new honeymoon suite at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero features a private plunge pool and deck area where guests will be able to enjoy private dinners for two under the stars (weather permitting). Guests booking this room will automatically receive a private vehicle and guide for all game viewing activities. Coffee stations are now available for guest use in the rooms.

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Meals at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero are all freshly prepared. The lodge prides itself on its personalised service and this includes your culinary preferences and needs.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge’s hilltop position, enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below while indulging in fine dining and exquisite cuisine.

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A hearty full English and continental breakfast is prepared by Chef Phinias and served before departing for your morning game viewing activity. After experiencing the magnificent Chobe National Park you will be taken back to the lodge for lunch where you could make your own pizza (not available every day) or enjoy a delicious three course plated meal. Later in the afternoon the friendly staff serve afternoon tea with the Chobe River as a back drop before departing again for your afternoon game viewing activity. During your afternoon game drive or sundowner cruises you might stop for classic sundowner drinks and canapés – the only way to celebrate yet another beautiful African sunset! Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace of the lodge before sitting down for a three course dinner. Please let us know if you are celebrating a special occasion? We could arrange a special romantic private dinner right under the African sky.

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Our new safari boat available from Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge can seat up to 18 guests and has a lower and upper deck, both featuring 360 degree swivel seats. The upper deck offers a great vantage point of the Chobe River and wildlife while the lower deck boasts a bar area and the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a scrumptious river breakfast or lunch. The boat offers a great exclusive and intimate alternative to enjoying the Chobe area especially for photographic enthusiasts.

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The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of one of our specially designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river. Chobe is renowned for its abundance of dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas – antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps – are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.

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Elephants feature largely on any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water’s edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives lead by our qualified professional guides bring you close to hippos, buffalos, puku and other animals that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge Reviews

“On a hill overlooking Botswana’s Chobe River, the Chilwero Sanctuary Lodge is privileged perch from which to observe Botswana’s extraordinary wildlife. We had arrived in mid December and had worried that the game might all be gone because of the rainy season but the rains were late this year which for us meant good luck.” – leloir

“Chobe Chilwero is just fantastic!! Huge rooms and bathrooms including a private veranda with an outside shower. Tastefully decorated. Every day there is a game drive in the morning and a river cries in the afternoon. The food was exceptional and the chef should be rated Michelin stars!!! Just fantastic. Personalized service all the way!!! We saw so many elephants!!!!” – emka11

“We rarely if ever experienced a warmer welcome than in Chobe Chilwero or the two following Sanctuary Lodges. Julia, her husband and the staff made us feel at home immediately and took their time to explain the camp, the room and the etiquette. Very spacious rooms, nothing to be asked for, perfect and always smiling service and excellent food.” – NirakMunich

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