This hotel review covers my recent stay at the Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa situated in the town of Kasane, Botswana. The name Mowana is derived from the Tswana word for the Baobab tree. The lodge has been built around a 800-year old specimen of Adansonia digitata or Baobab tree. Legends about these strange looking Baobabs abound, one being that God uprooted the baobab and flung it to the ground upside down, because it kept walking when He first planted it into Chobe soil.

Our group had entered Botswana via road from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, a quick hours drive from the Victoria Falls. On entering Botswana, we needed to show a valid PCR test at the Botswana border, then complete passport formalities before we headed off to the Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa. This hotel would be our base for the next 3 days as we  explored the Chobe National Park before flying out back to South Africa via Kanane International Airport. 

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa lies on the banks of the Chobe river, where four African countries (Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe) meet. It is at this point the Chobe and Zambezi rivers converge.

On arrival at the Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa we saw our first wild animals as we made our way down the driveway to the hotel, warthogs were roaming the golf coarse to welcome us. We were greeted by a warm and friendly staff who explained the Covid-19 protocols in place at the Cresta Mowana Safari Resort. The layout of the hotel and resort offerings were explained in detail to us before we headed off to our rooms to unpack and prepare for lunch. 

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa Rooms 

The Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa overlooks the Chobe river and all the resorts rooms enjoy views of the Chobe river. There are 112 luxury four star rooms and 4 suites on offer. The standard double room is 28 SQ. metres in size and is perfect for a double occupancy. The rooms have either a double bed or two twin beds if requested, tea and coffee facilities, air conditioner that you will need as it gets super hot in Kasane, a work station, free fast WiFi, charging points for you cameras and phones and a good size walk in shower.

The rooms are very comfortable, modern with typical African safari touches including mosquito netting over the beds.

For those that crave a little bit more space during their travels, the Cresta Mowana offers family rooms starting at 35 SQ. metres and a variety of suites starting at 45 SQ. metres. If you are celebrating a special occasion or really want to blow the budget, why not splash out on the 2 bedroomed executive suite with its stunning views over the Chobe river. 

The following is available in all rooms at the Cresta Mowana Safari Resort

  • Balcony/terrace
  • Closet
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary tea
  • Desk
  • Free bottled water
  • Free instant coffee
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe box
  • Internet access – wireless
  • Linens
  • Mini bar
  • Mirror
  • Mosquito net
  • Non-smoking
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • Towels

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort Dining

The resort offers guests breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style or you have the option of dining à la carte at the Serondella restaurant. The Savuti bar offers a great place to enjoy a few pre dinner gin and tonics while watching the sun set over the Namibian flood plains.

The cuisine on offer is a mixture of African and American, with enough choices for all those who have special meal requests. I enjoyed every meal I ate at the Seondella restaurant and the staff were always helpful, friendly and accommodating of all our requests.

The staff were very aware of Covid-19 protocols and all cutlery came wrapped in plastic, all guests temperatures were taken on arrival and plastic gloves are on offer for dishing up from the buffet.

The Serondella restaurant offers great views over the Chobe river and we saw some wildlife while dining. At diner there was live entertainment on offer to add to the ambiance. I would suggest using mosquito spray at night and to wear long pants and closed shoes as there are mosquitos around at night.

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort Facilities

Things to do at the lodge when you are not exploring the Chobe National Park.

  • Boating 
  • Canoeing 
  • Fishing 
  • Gym
  • Garden
  • Golf course on-site 
  • Massage 
  • Sauna 
  • Spa 
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool 
  • Tennis court
  • Tours to Chobe 
  • Water sports (non-motorized)
     

My thoughts on the Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa

The hotel is ideally situated in the town of Kasane to make it the perfect base to explore the Chobe National Park. You could also easily arrange day trips to vist the Victoria Falls on either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the falls. If you are planning to do this in October I would suggest visiting the Zimbabwean side as there is very little to no water on the Zambian side at this time of the year. 

The hotel can arrange all activities including game drives and photographic trips in the the Chobe National Park.

The staff were always friendly and helpful and observed Covid-19 protocols at all times, ensuring myself and my guests felt safe at all times. Something that you rarely see at hotels these days was the General Manager, who was always around and visible and interacting with the guests. This I think is part of the reason that this hotel offers such great service across the board.

I would highly recommend this hotel for both local and international visitors who want to explore the Kasane region from the comfort of a luxury four start hotel. For more hotel reviews in Kasane, Botswana and the latest reviews of the flights between Johannesburg and Kasane, please follow the links.

Covid-19 safety protocols at Cresta Mowana Safari Resort

  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

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