Chobe River and National Park | Botswana safaris

The Kwando-Linyati-Chobe River System

The Chobe river is part of the Cuando (Kwando) – Linyati-Chobe river system that originates from the slopes of Mount Tembo in central plateau of Angola. This river system then flows along Namibian Caprivi Strip, the Zambian border and into the Linyanti Swamp on the northern border of Botswana, creating a swamp corridor of between 5 and 10 km in width in places. The Liyanti swamp is dotted with sedimentary islands that eventually disappear into the sands of the Kalahari. During the rainy season (November – April) this river system often floods and during the dry season (May – October) it often disappears into the swamps and marshes. In the area where this river system runs along the Northern border of Botswana it is called the Chobe River. Towards the end it is a twisting broad mass of water that snakes its way through marshes and swampland until it finally flows into the Zambezi only to tumble over the mighty Victoria Falls. A great deal of the water of the Cuando, Linyanti and Chobe is lost to evaporation in the various swamps and as a result it only makes a small contribution to the flow of the Zambezi except during periods of heavy rains and flooding. Chobe river map  

Chobe National Park – Botswana

It is along the shores and banks of the Chobe river in North East Botswana and its adjacent wilderness that you will find the biologically diverse Chobe National Park with a topography of floodplains, swamps and woodland. It is flanked in the south west by the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. This national park is home to a large variety of animals including herbivores such as the Elephant and antelope and other plains game. In fact the Chobe NP is home to largest population of elephants in Africa and is also home to a fascinating variety of bird life. In addition the large banks of sweet grass attract numerous plains game such as the swamp antelope and the red Lechwe. The Chobe NP is also well-known for its large concentrations of predators such as spot lions, hyena, jackals, cheetah and even wild dogs. Chobe is the second largest park in Botswana, covering about 10,566 square kilometres and is divided into four distinct geographical areas in the park: the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuté and Linyanti.   Map Chobe National Park  

Safaris in Chobe National Park

The Chobe Riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. The area is best explored in various forms of river boats as well open sided jeeps and game viewers. You are likely to experience amazing sites on a boat trip such as a group of elephants swimming across the rivers as well as close encounters with crocodiles, hippos, buffalos and other animals. You will also encounter a fascimating array of bird-life. These flood plains are the only area in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent in this area. When in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. Often large numbers of carmine bee-eaters are spotted in season. During game drives along the river’s edge you will likely come across herds of elephants, as well as buffalo, giraffes, waterbuck, lechwe, puku, kudu, sable, impala, bushbuck and of course predators such as lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. It biological diversity and its proximity to the mighty Victoria Falls makes this area a popular and highly sought after safari location. Kasane is the most important town in the area and the gateway to the northern entrance of the Chobe National Park. Whatever the season, wildlife is present in abundance. Wildlife Chobe NP

Accommodation near Chobe National Park

There are many options when it comes to accommodation. There are rest camps, private lodges, camping options, river lodges and more.

 

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Did You Know?

You can swim in the Victoria Falls right before the drop.