Special anniversary trip to Chobe Game Lodge

Dear Ilze

I am struggling for words to truly express what an exceptional experience Chobe Game Lodge was for us. The staff at the lodge went above and beyond to make our wedding anniversary and Keith’s 60th birthday really special. On arrival, we found a bottle of Nederberg champagne already chilled in our room and a card extending their heartfelt wishes to us as we celebrated these special occasions with them. The second night, when we arrived for dinner, we were ushered to a private dining table next to the pool with romantic candlelight and were presented with an a la carte 4 course menu! Our server, Unity, who had served us the previous evening had taken a shine to us and went out of her way to make it special. The food was exceptional and the service world class. After desert the team descended and surrounded us in beautiful harmonized song wishing Keith a happy birthday and celebrating our anniversary –

Ilze it was so beautiful and heartfelt that I wept! The joy and passion that the staff have in their hearts are tangible. 

Our room was gorgeous – quiet, beautifully furnished, luxuriously comfortable, lovingly serviced, we could not have asked for more. And then there’s the verandah – I love the furnishings – they reminded me so much of my childhood. 

All the food was brilliant, from early morning muffins, freshly baked, and the delicious guava juice and tea and coffee, to the wide selection of dishes available in the breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. The wines, liqueurs, soft drinks (Grapetizer and Stoney Gingerbeer), sundowner snacks, afternoon tea  options … We’ve never been so spoilt for choice!!!

The safari aspect was also exceptional – our guide Slodge is a brilliant woman who is passionate about the environment and the wildlife – once again she went above and beyond to make our experience special and memorable. Her expertise as well as her driving and piloting were most impressive and her knowledge of all the wildlife we encountered informed us and did not overwhelm us. She quickly built a rapport with us, and cared for us so lovingly, paying attention to all the details such as what refreshments we enjoyed. She was also relentless in he search for the game that all long to see on safari and we were so blessed to see lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo close up on several occasions, not to mention so much other game (kudu, Impala, sable, warthog, baboon, honey badger, vervet, hippo, crocodile, hyaena, fish eagle, lilac breasted roller, white backed vulture, giraffe, buffalo, mongoose, zebra etc.) We loved that she pointed out bird calls and located the birds in the bush for us to identify. All the staff bar one lady went above and beyond to make us feel at home, relaxed, cared for, and valued.

We have fallen in love with the Setswana people, Chobe, the Chobe Game Lodge itself, and Botswana and have vowed to return. I’m starting to save already.

Ilze this experience was worth every penny, from the planning through to anticipation and the living of it. And it doesn’t stop there – our memories of the time spent at Chobe Game Lodge are ours forever and we will continue to experience and cherish Chobe through our conversation, dreams, photos and new friends we made while there.

The words thank you seem so inadequate to express our deep appreciation for guiding us through the entire process of exploring our options, engaging in conversation, planning, preparing, and enjoying Chobe Game Lodge. We not you to know how much we value your expertise in taking us step by step through the planning of the most wonderful safari experience of our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Gratefully yours,

Kirsten

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