If you love Safari Vacations, it is advised that you definitely include Chobe National Park in your list. Here’s Chobe.
North of Moremi lies the desert areas of Savuti that gradually makes way into the floodplain grasslands of the Chobe region. The Chobe National Park covers an area of 10698 km, making it the 3rd largest park in Botswana. This park hosts a wide variety of animals and especially in dry season, you have a vast concentration around the Chobe river at Ilha-ha. The contrast between the desert areas in the south west and the woodlands of the north, provides a backdrop in fauna and flora for the ultimate African Safari experience. The park is gifted with animals such as elphants, lions, antelopes of which it boasts two antelope species rarely encountered elsewhere in Botswana – the puku and the Chobe bushbuck. The puku, with their shaggy orange-brown coats and V-shaped horns, can be spotted grazing the floodplains. Always on the lookout for predators, a repetitive whistle is used to warn fellow herd members.
At A Glance
Chobe National Park is Botswana’s first park and now the third largest national park in the country; covering 10,566 square kilometers. This park is famous for its impressive elephant population. With 50,000 elephants, this park has perhaps the highest concentration of elephants in Africa.
The park is a great site for bird watching with birds such as Tawny Eagle, Fish Eagle, Perched Fish Eagle, Fish Eagle, Pied Kingfish, Cattle Egret, Spur-wing Goose, Lilac-breasted Roller, Woodland Kingfisher, Black Heron, Egyptian Geese, African Sacred Ibis, Knob-billed Duck, Knob-billed Duck, Blacksmith Lapwing, Jacana, African Openbill Stork, Great Egret, Grey Lourie, Helmeted Guineafowl, Marabou Stork, Long-toed Stint and many others.
How you can get to Chobe National Park
Though approachable from all sides Chobe has four distinct geographical divisions-the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savute and Linyanti. The last two being popular ‘gateways’ to Chobe National Park have their own strips of charter flights. Generally the camp or lodge you choose will help you to organize the transport.
But let’s say you are reaching the park on road. Follow the underneath video. You never know, you too might have a similar experience.
Best Time to Visit
The ideal time to visit Chobe National Park is the dry months from April to December. During this time the animals tend to gather close to the river banks for water. Thus, it will be easier to spot them.
But the green seasons after the rains can also be very fascinating. It’s the time when the baby animals are born. And watching those cute little zebras or elephants can be very rewarding.
Accommodation options are endless in and around Chobe National Park. There is excellent accommodation and lodges right on the banks of the Chobe River. No better way than to explore the wildlife and beauty of the chobe river than on a mobile safari or even a lodge accommodated package.
Most of the lodges have a unique location and they will render all the comfort and luxury you require. Following is a list of top 5 lodging options that you may want to consider.
Recommended lodges in the park region:
All lodges are situated on the banks of the Chobe River and allows for excellent sunset and river life from your rooms.
- Pride of the Zambezi
- Chobe Marina Lodge
- Footsteps across the Linyanti
- Saile Tented Camp
- Savute Elephant Camp
Chobe Safari Lodge
Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on our doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi.
It is easy to see why Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa near the Chobe Game Reserve was named after a baobab tree. This luxury Chobe lodge was built around a majestic 800-year old specimen of Adansonia digitata. Legends about 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. Mowana Safari Lodge lies on the banks of the Chobe river, where four African countries (Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe) meet. At this point the Chobe and Zambezi rivers converge – the Zambezi river being the home of the NyamiNyami (or river god). So if you want to learn more about African myths and legends, the Chobe area around the Mowana Safari Lodge is the place to visit!
Uniquely located in the North-Eastern corner of Botswana where the four African nations of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia converge, Chobe Marina Lodge is surrounded by the natural beauty of Africa.
Impalila Island Lodge
Chobe form an integrated border with Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. This is an ideal short stay visit in combination with Victoria Falls
Choose your own short stay in Chobe
Transfers from Victoria Falls and Livingstone
Places to Visit
Chobe National Park comes with many beautiful locations where you can visit.
- Savute Reserve: Rich in grasslands, volcanic hills and desert plains
- Nogatsaa and Tchinga: Wildest region with herds of elephants and other wildlife
- Livingstone Trails: You will come across Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park.
- Serondela Reserve: The place to visit for watching thousands of elephants crossing the Chobe River.
Apart from visiting these places, in Chobe National Park you can:
Drive across the river loops to watch up to 15 different wildlife coming together for water, OR Take a river cruise and watch crocodiles and hippos
Enjoy your trip! 🙂