Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Botswana

Pangolin Chobe Hotel

Perched on a plateau overlooking the Chobe River and Caprivi Floodplains the Pangolin Chobe Hotel is designed around being gallery of wildlife photography. With only 14 rooms it is an intimate property and the base for our iconic photo safari experiences.

The Pangolin Chobe Hotel sits on the plateau overlooking the Chobe River and Namibia’s Caprivi floodplains which stretch far out to the horizon. The Chobe National Park boundary is a few hundred meters away, meaning that with our proximity to the gate we are often the first vehicle through the gate for game drives. Our boats are moored on the river directly below the Hotel and it's a quick five-minute transfer to get to them and then straight into the park.

The Pangolin Chobe Hotel is also a short transfer from Kasane International Airport and the Zimbabwe and Zambian borders.

The reception is open 24 hours a day to suit your arrival time

Each of the fourteen rooms have been designed to maximise the space and provide plenty of surfaces (for cameras and laptops etc.) and charging points galore. They are all en-suite and air-conditioned with safes and tea/coffee-making facilities and plenty of intriguing design features.

At the hotel we have 9 king rooms and 5 twin rooms. You might have noticed from the room images that the base of the beds is fashioned from concrete. This innovation means that we can't simply push two beds together to form a double. However, this doesn’t matter as the twin beds themselves are both doubles meaning that each occupant of a shared room isn’t confined to a tiny single bed!

All of the rooms have a private balcony with chairs and a side table to relax and enjoy the view. The rooms are serviced daily by the hotel staff.

The centerpiece of the building is the wildlife photography gallery, from which all fourteen rooms lead. The gallery features an array of images from our resident photographic guides and other top wildlife photographers who visit us frequently with their guests to enjoy The Chobe. Each image has been chosen to showcase differing photographic styles and techniques to inspire budding (and seasoned) photographers to think differently about their compositions. At the end of the gallery you will find the editing suite for post-production sessions.

In the front of the hotel is our deck, where the majority of meals are served, which in turn leads to the sunken fire-pit surrounded by our eco pool. The fire-pit is large enough to seat a full house of guests and is a firm favorite before and after dinner. Overlooking the deck is the Pangolin Bar with arguably one of the best views of the Chobe River and Caprivi floodplains in the region. The well-stocked bar serves up delicious cocktails, perfectly chilled wine, ice-cold beers and a plethora of soft drinks and freshly ground coffees.

At the Pangolin Chobe Hotel we pride ourselves on our food and service and you can be assured that you will be presented with delicious fare throughout your stay lovingly prepared by our team in the kitchen.

In the morning, before the boat cruise or game drive, a light breakfast is set up with tea, filter coffee, juices, cereals, and toast. While on the activities we stop for another tea/coffee break and a rusk – which is best described as an African biscotti!

When we return in the mid-morning a hearty brunch is served with variations each day and eggs cooked to order. This is generally enough to see you through to dinner but just in case it's not, a high tea is served with sweet and savory offerings just before that afternoon activity along with liquid refreshments.

During the afternoon activity you can opt for either soft drinks, waters or perhaps something a little stronger.

When you return to the hotel after your sundowner we invite you to freshen up and join your fellow travelers in the Pangolin Chobe Hotel Bar , or the sunken fire-pit, for a cocktail or glass of wine and await the “cow bell” which signals dinner is ready. All the drinks at the hotel are included in your stay. We have a great selection of regional wines and spirits and a daily pre-dinner cocktail.

Whenever possible we like to have dinner out on the pool deck under the African night sky. The menu and style of food varies every evening with plated dishes, a braai (barbecue) and even, on occasion, a gourmet pizza night cooked in our mopane wood fired oven!

After a long day it might be time to retire but should you still have the desire, time spent with like-minded individuals, around our fire, recounting stories of the day and safaris past is what a trip like this is all about!

We can cater for the majority of dietary requirements. Please mention any specifics to the safari planners when you make contact.