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Chobe Game Lodge: where Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton

You might spot a leopard lazing in a tree, a lion lying in the grasslands or a herd of elephants wading through the water…

By Florence Kagiso
Senior Guide at Chobe Game Lodge

Opened in 1972 on the banks of the Chobe River, we were the first five-star lodge in Botswana and are still the only one to be built inside Chobe National Park. We have a famous history; Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were regular visitors and married here in 1975.

The lodge is Moorish in design, with tiled floors, towering arches and Moroccan-style lanterns among the features. There’s a pool surrounded by gardens as well as a spa, gym and riverside deck offering views over the water, which looks especially spectacular at sunset. A la carte dining is served on the deck or patio, with all meals and drinks included and wines imported from South Africa. All of our rooms and suites offer private terraces with river views, and the three family suites and honeymoon suite have their own infinity plunge pools.

We’re aware of our responsibility in preserving the nature around us. All glass from the lodge is recycled, made into housing bricks and donated to the community, and all of our safari vehicles are electric. We also have a water treatment plant and use solar panels to generate electricity, including for our riverboats. All of this is managed by Albert Ndereki, who helped build the lodge back in 1971 and has been here ever since. Our head guide Vivian offers behind-the-scenes eco-tours of the lodge for guests wanting to learn more.

We also put an emphasis on the local community. We’re entirely managed by Botswana citizens, and we’re home to the country’s first all-female guiding team – when I started here in 2004, I was the only female guide, but I’m now part of a team of 17!

Being the only lodge in the park gives us exceptional access to the park’s wildlife. It also means guests can enjoy more time on safari, as other lodges can only access the reserve at set times. We offer daily game drives as well as riverboat safaris taking in the park’s wildlife, which includes the highest population of elephants in Africa (over 120,000) as well as lions, giraffes, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, antelopes and plenty of other species. You might spot a leopard lazing in a tree, a lion lying in the grasslands or a herd of elephants wading through the water – it’s not hard to see what lured Elizabeth Taylor!

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Alfred & Florence Kagiso

Florence grew up in a farming family in the Okavango Delta and has been a guide at Chobe Game Lodge for 17 years. When she joined in 2004, she was the first female guide at the camp - she now mentors a team of 17 women. Her work was recognised in National Geographic Traveller’s recent Reader Awards 2021, where she won The Innovator award.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like James, who's travelled extensively in Botswana. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in Chobe, the village chiefs who'll give you an insight into local life and the helicopter pilots who can land you on an island in the Delta never visited by humans before.

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