Yawning Hippo

The Garden Lodge, Botswana was purposefully built to offer personalised service to a small number of guests in the Kasane area

Currently not available, you will automatically be re-directed to similar accommodation - Lesoma Valley

Where four countries meet (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

Nestled amongst massive old Mahogany and Terminalia trees in a secluded corner of a lush private garden

Yawning Hippo Cottage overlooks a large floodplain that seasonally fills with the overflow from the two rivers, resulting in a water wonderland of lilies and other aquatic vegetation, which attracts hippos and waterfowl in abundance

The birdlife is spectacular and includes amongst many others carmine and white-fronted bee-eaters nesting in the banks of the floodplain opposite the cottage.

The dawn chorus and your early morning wake up call of tooting ground hornbills, cackling red-billed francolins and crooning Heuglins’ robins is an absolute delight.



Rates - 2009

Accommodation only - per person per night sharing

3 x Standard Meru tents sleep 2 guests - tents are not en suite and share a bathroom

Self Contained Room - USD 40

Bed & Continental Breakfast - USD 45

Dinner, bed & Continental breakfast- USD 60

Full board - USD 70

Fully inclusive – Full board and two activities, park fees : USD 175 pppns


2 x Family Cottages - sleep 2 adults - a stretcher bed can be added for a child

Self Contained Room - USD 150 per unit per night

Continental Breakfast: + USD 4 per person per night

Dinner & Continental breakfast:
+ USD 16 per person per night

Full board: + USD 24 per person per night

Two activities, park fees : + USD 108 per person per day sharing

Activities (excludes national park fees)

Game drive (3 hours) : USD 50

Full day game drive (8 hours with lunch) :
USD 80

Boat cruise (3 hours) Including transfers:
USD 50

Boat cruise (3 hours) Excluding transfers:
USD 30

Fishing trip fully inclusive –
Full board and two activities, park fees :
USD 200 per day

E and O.E

Camping trips into Chobe

Yawning Hippo Lodge

    • 1 x double en suite bedroom with full Mosquito-proof Windows and Doors

    • En Suite Spacious Toilet and Shower has Hot and Cold Running Water

    • open plan kitchen /lounge/dining area

    • the kitchen is fully equipped with fridge, microwave, kettle, stove plus all crockery/cultery, pots,pans etc

    • a built in couch in the lounge
    can also be used as a single bed
    The cottage can sleep 3 comfortably.

Bush Tents:

    • 2 x Spacious Double Meru Tents under Canvas Cover with Full Mosquito-proof Windows and Doors

    • En Suite Bush Toilet and Shower with Hot Bucket Shower

    • En Suite Bush Kitchenette with Table & Chairs

    • 2 x Single Beds

All Units have:

    • Full Bed Linen & Set of Towels

    • Mosquito Net

    • Guest Vanity Set with Soap, Toiletries and Toilet Paper

    • 220-Volt Electricity

    • Stove

    • Fridge

    • Kettle

    • Fan

    • Selection of Teas and Coffee

    • Crockery, Cutlery, Kitchen Utensils & Kitchen Towels

    • Braai Facilities

    • Rooms and Tents Serviced Daily

    • Use of Swimming Pool and Children’s Playground

    • Under Cover Parking

Meal options

Continental or English Breakfast , Brunch, Light Lunches, High Teas, Dinners, Vegetarian Meals, Packed Lunches


Best to be Pre-Booked Prior to Arrival

    • Game Drives (3-Hour, Half Day or Full Day with Picnic Lunch) into Chobe National Park

    • Boat Trips and Sundowner Cruises on Chobe River into Chobe National Park

    • Night Drives

    Overnight Mobile Safaris in Chobe National Park, Moremi, Okavango Delta, Caprivi, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi

    • Ethnic and Village Excursions

    • Fishing on the Zambezi River

    • Guided Game Walks Or Bird & Nature Walks

    • Mokoro Trips

    • Horse Riding

    • Visit to Crocodile Farm

    • Visit to Snake Park

    • Visit to Art Gallery

    • Scenic and Game Flights

    • 1 or 2-Day Trips to Katima Mulilo



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