Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Bakwena Lodge is an intimate, privately owned eco-lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. Acquired in 2000 as a barren soccer pitch, this piece of land has been transformed into a refuge for our guests and any wildlife that chooses to share our sanctuary. The Young’s achieved this by patiently growing their dream and re-planting the indigenous riverine woodland that guests will find here today.

Chobe Bakwena Luxury Eco Lodge

Bakwena has a total of 15 individual chalets designed and decorated in a manner befitting our environment which offer a cool and comfortable escape. There are two room types at Bakwena Lodge. Ten ‘River-View Chalets’ which are all facing the magnificent Chobe River and Five ‘Treetop Chalets’ which are elevated 3.5 meters above the ground with views of the Treetop canopy. Understated elegance and exemplary service are key to our ethos.

Bakwena offers an inclusive safari option in an area with some of the finest game viewing to be had. Chobe is best known for its abundant elephant herds with over 150 000 calling it home. Dry season brings herds of thirsty animals to the perennial river and the resident predators take full advantage.

Activities are naturally focused on land and water based safaris, all supplied in-house. A host of other activities are also on offer from guided bicycle tours to sundowner cruises from the lodge down to the meeting place of four countries, (the only one in the world). Bakwenas’ excellent guides will endeavour to make your stay in Chobe the highlight of any safari,

The lodges’ eco-credentials include the natural swimming pool filtered entirely by plants, their employment policies, food choices, building methods and a host of otherwise unseen ways in which any negatives to the lodges surroundings or environment are addressed.


Born out of the strong conviction that responsible tourism does not mean a compromise in luxury, Chobe Bakwena Lodge is the only lodge along the Chobe river built consciously from the ground up.

The Young's

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 of the Chobe Bakwena lodge are both Bakwena!


Owners Jenny and Adam Young have worked throughout Botswana, managing bush camps and lodges and running their own safari company. “Having spent so much of our time working in luxury lodges, we wanted our guests to enjoy similar levels of comfort at a reasonable rate and more importantly be able to take comfort that in choosing Bakwena as their destination, they have also made the right choice for the environment.


“Bakwena is a life defining project and seeing how it has unfolded over the last 20 odd years has been incredibly rewarding. Our hope is that this and any new projects will leave a legacy of sustainable tourism for the next generation.”

Bakwena - People of the Crocodile


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