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Bakwena Lodge
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Chobe Bakwena Lodge


... is located close to the town of Kasane in northern Botswana.

This pleasant independently-owned lodge is in the town and offers decent lower cost accommodation largely to self-drivers and overlanders on the main Livingstone to Maun safari route.

Activities are centred on vehicle safari and motorboat safari, which are operated in the adjacent Chobe Northern Waterfront area, where the wildlife viewing can be prodigious during the Jun/Oct dry season.

On the downside, this area experiences some of the worst safari traffic in Africa. The volume of vehicles lined up to get into the reserve each morning in high season can be very depressing and the limited road network does little to disperse vehicles. The quality of the sightings can therefore be exceedingly poor.

It is a similar story out on the river, where the wonderful experience of watching families of elephants snorkelling through the water is often ruined by the uncontrolled motorboat traffic that emerges from Kasane.

We rarely recommend overnighting in Kasane, so do not tend to use this lodge very often.

For guests who particularly want to see the famous Chobe Northern Waterfront, despite the heavy traffic, then we generally lean towards the simple but very high quality Chobe Under Canvas deep within the park, the much more conventionally comfortable Chobe Game Lodge or Chobe Chilwero along the river just to the west of Kasane or the mid-range Muchenje Lodge over on the quieter western end of the waterfront.
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