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Bakwena Lodge

Bakwena Lodge is a small eco-friendly lodge, located on the banks of the Chobe River – 10mins from the entrance of the Chobe National Park

Bakwena Lodge, facing the Chobe river Treetop rooms at Bakwena River view rooms The main communal area Cruising the Chobe River from Bakwena Lodge

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Chobe Bakwena Lodge is a small and friendly eco-lodge located on the edge of the Chobe River and 10 minutes from the Chobe National Park in the small town of Kasane (Botswana).

The area where the lodge is now located started off as barren piece of land used as a football field until the Young's (The owners) began planting trees and bushes in the area and built the lodge with a lot of passion and personal attention.

Bakwena has two types of accommodation you can choose from the River-View Chalets and their latest additions the Tree-Top Chalets.

The River-View Chalets, dotted along the front of the property over looking the Chobe River. These chalets are shaped like rondavels (traditional round huts), complete with thatched roofs and a private veranda/balcony. One can sit and enjoy the beauty of the passing river, bird life and the distance laugh of a hippo.

The Tree-Top Chalets are nestled among the woodland area of the lodge. These thatched rooms are elevated 3m above the ground peeping though the canopy of trees, everyone dreams of sleeping in a treehouse. The outside veranda adds a great touch where one can enjoy the world of light and leaves – with the distance sounds of Africa and the river. En-suite bathrooms are complimented by an outdoor shower for a real bush experience.

The Honeymoon Suite is by far one of the most romantic I have seen. Located at the end of the property with a private deck looking out on to the river where you can celebrate your love and the pure magic of Africa.

In the common area of Bakwena Lodge is the lounge and bar with an adjacent thatched building that has an upstairs "chill out" area - a high level open lounge with views of the Chobe River. Below is the sun deck and eco-pool, filtered entirely by plants, a great place to relax between those game drives and cruises.

Activities at the lodge are focused not only on game-viewing in Chobe National Park and on the Chobe River, but guests can take time to visit the local village and learn about the local culture of the community. Guided bike tours around town and the village are offered by the lodge. These activities are included in the rates along with other inclusions listed below.

The Young’s have taken the time to create a small eco-friendly guest lodge just 10 minutes from Kasane Airport and Town, as well as the Chobe National Park and Kazungula border (with Zimbabwe) - making for easy combinations with a stay in Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park.

Our Opinion

Bakwena this small and quirky guest lodge offers a more personal experience than the larger hotel/lodges situated in the small town of Kasane – 10mins from the entrance into the well-known Chobe National Park.

The approach through the suburbs of Kasane town can give an impression of not a great location. However, once you enter the gates into the small woodland of prime river frontage you certainly will not be disappointed.

The detail to the Tree Top Lodges and River Facing Rondavals together with the food and great staff makes for a warm, memorable and friendly environment to enjoy the game viewing that this area has to offer.

Everything is tastefully done whilst staying in line throughout with the Eco friendly theme that they pride themselves on.

Overall one of our top places to stay in Kasane.


• Small Eco-friendly Lodge right on the banks of the Chobe River
• Within 10mins from Chobe National Park Entrance
• Quirky and comfortable Tree Top and River View Chalets
• Own game viewing vehicles and cruises
• Eco Swimming Pool and Sun Deck
• Raised Lounge area to enjoy the view over the Chobe River
• Good Bird Watching on site
• Home style – healthy meals
• Small Curio Shop – with local arts and crafts
• Bike Hire and Community Visits

PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 540  January to April
US$ 633  May to October
US$ 540  November to December

Accommodation at Bakwena Lodge

• 15 chalets in total
• 10 River view chalets - 8 x Twin Chalets (3/4 sized Twin Beds); 1 x Honeymoon Suite (King Sized Bed plus lounge); 1 x Family Room (1 x King room + 2 x Twin Beds)
• 5 Tree-top chalets - 4 Twin chalets (3/4 sized Twin beds, or King bed on request)

All rooms have:
• En-suite bathroom; Indoor and Outdoor showers; his and hers wash basins
• Ceiling fans
• Mosquito nets
• Lanterns
• Hairdryer
• Private outdoor patio with table and chairs
• Tea/coffee-making facilities


• Dining area in main area on the deck
• Romantic dinners by the pool
• Private dining

Facilities and Services

• Main guest area consisting of lounge with small library, dining area, bar, eco swimming pool, deck with outside seating, boma with firepit, upper "chill spot"
• Curio shop
• Internet and communication facilities
• Kasane Airport and Kazungula Border transfers
• Laundry service
Activities: Game drives; Boat cruises; Village and bicycle tours

Fully Inclusive Rates include

• Accommodation
• All meals and local brand beverages - wine, beer and ciders, soft drinks, water
• Laundry
• Two lodge activities per day
• Road transfers from Kasane or Kazungula borders (Zimbabwe or Zambia)
• Chobe National Park fees
** Minimum 2 night stay

Fully Inclusive Rates exclude

• Premium beverages
• Shop purchases
• Private vehicle activities
• Gratuities


Children of all ages are welcome at Bakwena Lodge. There is family chalet which can accommodation parents and up to two children. Children's rates are reduced depending on ages.

How to Get to Bakwena Lodge

• Flights are available to nearby Kasane Airport (BBK)(Botswana), Victoria Falls Airport (VFA)(Zimbabwe) and Livingstone Airport (LVI)(Zambia).
• Bakwena will collect and drop from Kasane Airport (BBK) – included in their price
• Transfer to and from to Victoria Falls / Livingstone can be arranged at an extra cost. Please contact us to arrange these for you.
• Self-drives are welcome. Head into Kasane town and follow the directions to Bakwena Lodge.

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