Bakwena Lodge Bakwena Lodge is 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. We are surrounded by the Chobe National Park and forest reserve, some 90km’s from Victoria Falls and Livingstone, 300 km’s West of the Okavango Delta and North of the Makgadigadi Salt pans.

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. Our 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 and cultural tours.

Bakwena translated from Setswana, means people of the crocodile, this refers not only to our situation, but is also one of the largest tribes in Botswana; naturally the owners are both Bakwena!

ceda_bakwena_lodge_06Bakwena Lodge offers  the following luxurious chalets and rondavels to you and your family:-

  • 15 x Chalets in Total
  • 10 x Rondavel River View Chalets (Sleeps 2)
  • 1 x Family Rondavel River View Chalet (Sleeps 2 Adults + 2 children)
  • 1 x Honeymoon Rondavel River View Chalet (Sleeps 2)
  • 5 x Treetop Chalets (No river view, ensconced by Tree Canopy) Children of all ages welcome. A private vehicle is required for children under 8 participating in game activities

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  • Eco lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, Botswana, 70kms from Livingstone and Victoria Falls
  • 9 rooms, 8 double/twin/king and 1 family room
  • All rooms have indoor and outdoor showers, all with decks overlooking the Chobe river
  • Lodge built using eco-beam and sandbag technology, first lodge in Chobe built using ecologically
    sensitive methods
  • Swimming pool filtered entirely by plants, no chemicals or salt
  • Main area includes a dining area, lounge area, bar and outdoor boma with fire pit
  • Operates its own game drives and boat cruises, 3 game viewers and a 20 seater boat
  • Property is walled on 3 sides with electric fence along the riverfront

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 do however offer several options tailored to our guests:lions-bakwena

  • Game Drive: 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!
  • Boat Cruise: 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
  • Bird watching: 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.
  • Fishing: 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.
  • Guided Bicycle Tours & Village Walks: We encourage all of our guests to take part in our Guided Bicycle Tours and Village Walks. These are complimentary, not at any specific time nor for any particular duration. They are outings that we offer to our guests as part of our Social Responsibility Programme. It is very important to us that guests who choose to stay at Chobe Bakwena Lodge have the opportunity to learn about and experience the local customs and culture of the Kazangula community.

Eco lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, Botswana, 70kms from Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Situated 5 minutes from the Zimbabwe or Zambia border post. it is around 15 minutes from Kasane airport or the Chobe National Park gate.

Accessible by air via Kasane, Victoria Falls or Livingstone Airports, the lodge is ideally positioned to fit into most safari itineraries.

Bakwena Lodge website