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Thamalakane River Lodge

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1 bedroom, in-room safe, rollaway beds, free WiFi
Outdoor pool

Overview of Thamalakane River Lodge

Thamalakane River Lodge

3.0 star property
Riverfront lodge in Maun with restaurant and bar/lounge

8.4/10 Very Good

19 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Bar
  • Spa
The price is $264
Price available on 1/31/2023
Sexaxa Ward, Maun

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About this area

Getting around

  • Maun (MUB) - 22 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Motsana - 10 min drive

About this property

Thamalakane River Lodge

Thamalakane River Lodge offers an airport shuttle (available on request) for BWP 200 per person one-way. Guests can indulge in massages or mani/pedis, then grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. Other highlights include a bar/lounge, a terrace, and a garden.


Afrikaans, English, German, Portuguese

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 26 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 7 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 7 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Up to 2 children (2 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms (speed: 100+ Mbps (good for 1–2 people or up to 6 devices))


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free onsite extended parking
  • Free onsite RV/bus/truck parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle from 6:00 AM to 5:30 AM*


  • Area shuttle within 20 km*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning 6:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)

What to do

  • Horse riding/rentals
  • Helicopter/airplane tours
  • Boat tours
  • Safari nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff


  • 30 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2008
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Spa services


  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • German
  • Portuguese

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)

What to enjoy

  • Furnished patio

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi (speed of 100+ Mbps (good for 1–2 people or up to 6 devices))

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include massages and manicures and pedicures.


Onsite venue - This poolside restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Airport shuttle transfer per adult: BWP 300 (one way)

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of BWP 200 per person (one-way)
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for BWP 200.0 per stay
  • Airport shuttle for children between the ages of 6 and 13 costs BWP 150 (one-way)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Thamalakane River Lodge Maun
Thamalakane River Lodge
Thamalakane River Maun
Thamalakane River
Chobe River Lodge
Thamalakane River Lodge Maun
Thamalakane River Lodge Lodge
Thamalakane River Lodge Lodge Maun

Frequently asked questions

Does Thamalakane River Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Thamalakane River Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Thamalakane River Lodge?
As of Jan 30, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Thamalakane River Lodge on Jan 31, 2023 start from $264, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Thamalakane River Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Thamalakane River Lodge?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Thamalakane River Lodge?
Yes, there's free self and extended parking. Free RV/bus/truck parking is available.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Thamalakane River Lodge?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available from 6:00 AM to 5:30 AM on request. The charge is BWP 200 per person one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Thamalakane River Lodge?
You can check in from 2 PM - 7 PM. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability).
What is there to do at Thamalakane River Lodge and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like horseback riding and boat tours. Additional recreation onsite includes helicopter/airplane tours. Enjoy amenities like spa services and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Thamalakane River Lodge?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers alfresco dining, local and international cuisine, and garden views. Nearby restaurants include Motsana (5.2 mi).
Does Thamalakane River Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished patio.
What's the area around Thamalakane River Lodge like?
Thamalakane River Lodge is located by the river, a short 1-minute walk from Okavango Delta.



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Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

4-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Solid stay
Wonderful service. enjoyable stay. Rooms are rustic as you would expect.
Preston, 1-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

Wonderful setting, but Activities limited in March
Thamalakane is in a great location on the river where the staff are very nice. Mainly 2 things let it down for us (we visited in March 2019), the Activities listed on the website and provided by the lodge on email are not available at this time of year. The water levels are so low that around 50% of activities simply cannot be undertaken, so NO boat trips into the delta or sundowners on the river. WE did manage a Moroko trip (small canoe - but even this was dragged out to supply the full hour -with around only 200 metres of travel form the lodge). The lodge should advise these activities are not available due to seasonality to avoid disappointment. Then secondly there are only fans in the rooms and in 36 degrees air conditioning is really a must. The lodge was very quiet when we visited which meant that buffet meals were not available and the A la Carte menu was very limited.
Maureen, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Mauin sanctuary.
Great place. Out of the hussle and bustle of Maun.
1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Ingrid B L, 3-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

Not have expectation on the staff
Had a really bad experience at first, as the staff was not at all helpful to advice us in booking activities due to the weather (rain), they were not solution oriented. They offered a super expensive activity. We were not happy and it almost turned into a drama, then finally they found solution we were happy with and apologize with a free bottle of wine. Food is not good at all. It's ok to stay there as the price is ok (for Okavango Delta) but look for a local agent for the activities.
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10/10 Exceptional

Great Maun location. Wonderful staff, great restaurant
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6/10 Good

Basic, but clean.
Hotels in Northern Botswana aren't really comparable to western hotels, especially U.S. Thatched roof masonry detached hut. Nice view of river. Restaurant and food were pretty typical. Make sure you use mosquito nets for both beds, they aren't just an exotic decoration. Not much sound privacy, easy to hear conversations in adjacent huts. General hotel amenities, pool, bar, etc. were nice. Pool kind of small. Thatch and masonry insulative to even out temperature variation (high 40's to 80's). Better than tent like hotels we stayed in.
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Perfect location around the Okavango Delta
Absolutely good value for money, overwhelmingly friendly owners, great services, great chalets, nice food and stunning atmosphere. Full heartedly recommending!!!
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6/10 Good

Bar & Restaurant Closed Early
Although we appreciated the free transfer to the airport, it did not make up for the fact that the food and beverage team went home an hour early because it was quiet. We had said that we would be coming back but they clearly didn't care. The receptionist was very friendly but had not called our airport taxi, as requested, then tried to charge us three times as much to use the hotel shuttle. She did provide it for free in the end.
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