Discover Chobe National Park

One of Africa’s last Edens

The Chobe river originates in the catchment areas of the northern Angola highlands and winds its majestic way to the Ngoma region in Botswana. The beautiful Chobe is one of the three mighty rivers in Southern Africa. It finally winds its way through the small town of Kasne and into the Wilderness of Chobe National Park. The town of Kasane serves as the Northern gateway into the Chobe NP. The close proximity to Victoria Falls also adds to the importance of this area as a safari and tourist destination.

There is something special about the Chobe National Park. The beautiful Chobe river is the lifeline that supports a wide variety of wildlife, from elephants to predators, from crocodiles to birds. The Chobe National Park spans close to 12000 sq km with the Chobe river forming the Northern borders. Here in this world of river frontage, floodplains, swamps and woodlands you find an unmatched diversity of wildlife. This is big game country. This is wilderness country.

The Serondela area or Chobe river front is well-known for its large concentrations of elephant herds and amazing bird life. While elephants drink, play or cross the river, buffalo roam the swamps, crocodiles take in some sun and birds fill the skies. Other disctinct areas and eco-systems within the park include the Savuti Marsh in the interior and the Linyanti Marsh in the Northwest. The Savuti is home to a variety of game and large predator concentrations such as lion, cheetah and hyena.

Where there is an abundance of wildlife there is most likely a safari circuit. Chobe National Park is no exception and is one top safari destinations in Southern Africa. Whether on a river safari or a game drive you will always see something special and memorable. Any one game you could see elephants, waterbuck, puku, giraffe, kudu, impala, bushbuck as well predators such as lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. A boat trip on the Chobe river provides a different vantage point from which to experience this magical wild life paradise. Expect to see elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles and a dazzling array of birdlife.

Hundreds of bird species are found in the park including the sacred ibis, the pervasive cormorants and darters, spur-winged geese, carmine bee-eaters, many members of the kingfisher family and the distinctive Fish Eagle as well as members of the stork family.

There are many accommodation options in and around the Chobe National Park ranging from charming campsites to picturesque lodges. The nearby town of Kasane also has a good infrastructure as well as small international airport.

 

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Discover Chobe National Park

Located in northern Botswana

Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. By size, it is the third largest park in the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park, and is the most biologically diverse. It is also Botswana's first national park.

Map of Chobe National Park

Map of Chobe National Park

Wildlife in Chobe National Park

The vast elephant population has had a significant impact on the park, thinning out the dense riverine thickets on the banks of the Chobe River. The huge bulk of these majestic animals requires almost 150 kg of fodder each day, with grass, leaves or even tree branches making up their diet. Elephant herds rely upon their matriarch to lead them to the best feeding and water sites, with individuals seldom straying from each other and they are always ready to come to the aid of a family member who is in trouble.

Chobe also 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.

With an incredible wealth of species, Chobe is a haven for birding enthusiasts. Striking colonies of carmine bee-eaters build their nests in the exposed sandy banks of the river.

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Hippo's in Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park Landscape

Aptly and fondly known as ‘The Land of The Giants’, Chobe National Park in the north of beautiful Botswana is home to Africa’s largest elephant population and comprises more than 10,000km2 of rich ecosystems, diverse landscapes and an almost unparalleled abundance of wildlife and birdlife all centred around the stunning Chobe River, and in close proximity to a number of Southern Africa’s other safari must-sees.

Chobe National Park Climate

Constituting Chobe National Park and Chobe Enclave, Chobe is Botswana’s wettest climatic zone. Annual average rainfall levels are 640 mm*, with January and February being the wettest months.

Setting aside Savuti , Chobe’s flora and fauna is governed by Botswana’s wet and dry seasons. During the wet season – November through to March – the game disperses east and south, and is reasonably evenly spread throughout the park. At certain times, and with certain species, the migrating animals will concentrate in favoured areas. Zebra, for example, can be found south of Savuti, in the Mababe depression, which provides good early and late season grazing opportunities. However, in general, the majority of species follow similar migration corridors and will concentrate around shared seasonal water sources.

The dry season begins in April. During these early weeks the game continues to be relatively well spread out, thanks to a number of Chobe’s large seasonal water sources - the Ngwezumba Pans, for example, which attract elephant, oribi and oryx. But as the land dries out, all but desert specialists head north, for the Chobe riverfront, which by July becomes one of the only sources of water in Chobe, and which by September and October contains one of the highest and most diverse concentrations of animal found in Africa. As well as attracting lion, spotted hyena and striped jackal in great numbers, it is also a temporary home to African hunting dog, leopard and cheetah, as well as to enormous herds of elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and antelope. The last of these includes Chobe bushbuck, waterbuck, roan and red lechwe.

 

SO, When is The Best Time To Visit Chobe National Park?

... whenever you want ...

Each season has its own unique benefits and either way, you won't be disappointed. Game viewing is good all year round.

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