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Chobe National Park

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  • Elephants in the Sunset - Chobe National Park
  • Chobe elephant encounter

Chobe National Park

The world’s foremost elephant safari destination, Chobe is without a doubt one of Africa’s most coveted game parks

Chobe National Park is most famous for its elephant population with truly impressive herds gathering during both the wet and dry seasons. This unique game park offers, besides elephants, an incredible variety of large mammals with Buffalo gathering in tremendous herds and big prides of lion tracking them wherever they go. The park is a birder's paradise with over 450 bird species, and is without a doubt one of the most spectacular and diverse of Botswana's wilderness areas.

Another major feature of the Park is its rivers. The Chobe River attracts wildlife in great numbers to the river's edge. Game is forced to follow complicated migration routes to stay in touch with any available grass and water. The Savuti Channel is one of the park's greatest mysteries as it disappears and reappears at leisure over the years.

The beautiful Chobe river-frontage and the famous Savute region are arguably the most popular regions in the park. The Chobe riverfront is very good for short safari drives. The area is renowned for its elephant and buffalo during the dry season and a birder's paradise year round.  Savuti is one of Botswana's best-known wildlife areas and includes the so-called Savuti Marsh and Channel and the Mababe Depression. Head down to this region to witness the famous zebra migrations. 

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  • What and where

     Chobe National Park is named after the Chobe River on its northern boundary. It is one of the oldest safari areas in Africa; Dr David Livingstone visited in 1850 and it has had more than its fair share of visitors since then due to its proximity to Victoria Falls. It has a river, which appears to flow both ways as well as the curious disappearing Savuti Channel.

    Chobe comprises four main areas: the Chobe river-frontage, the central pans around Nogatsaa, the Linyanti Swamp and the famous Savuti region that includes the Mababe Depression.

    The Chobe River Front

    The stretch of river from Ngoma in the west, including Serondela and extending towards Kasane is a rich riverine forest with a marginal floodplain. This northern section is very good for short safari drives - an area renowned for its elephant and buffalo during the dry season and a birder's paradise year round.

    Nogatsaa and Tchinga

    The pan speckled grass woodland approximately 3 hours drive south of Serondela is a hardly known area that holds water well into the dry season and attracts a profusion of game between August and October. This area is particularly good for viewing eland. Be warned: the lion are very bold in this region!

    The Linyanti

    The north-western corner of Chobe meets the Linyanti River affording a very short stretch of river frontage. This is a fragment of almost 900 square kilometres of the secluded Linyanti. The area's relative inaccessibility and remoteness makes it one of our favoured safari destinations.

    Savuti

    This famous western corner of Chobe is one of Botswana's best-known wildlife areas. Savuti covers almost 5000 square kilometres and includes the so-called Savuti Marsh and Channel, the Mababe Depression and Magwikhwe Sand Ridge. The lions and hyeanas and zebra migrations are synonymous with Savuti.

    When to visit

     From December to March the plains in the south and the east are green with lush plains of grass but as the bush dries out between April to November, the game migrates to the deeper waters in the north and west.

     The Kasane/Chobe area is unfortunately prone to overcrowding during regional school holidays (we head for the Chobe Forest to miss the crowds); however the whole area is ideally suited as a short stay safari add-on to a trip to Victoria Falls.

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

What and where

 Chobe National Park is named after the Chobe River on its northern boundary. It is one of the oldest safari areas in Africa; Dr David Livingstone visited in 1850 and it has had more than its fair share of visitors since then due to its proximity to Victoria Falls. It has a river, which appears to flow both ways as well as the curious disappearing Savuti Channel.

Chobe comprises four main areas: the Chobe river-frontage, the central pans around Nogatsaa, the Linyanti Swamp and the famous Savuti region that includes the Mababe Depression.

The Chobe River Front

The stretch of river from Ngoma in the west, including Serondela and extending towards Kasane is a rich riverine forest with a marginal floodplain. This northern section is very good for short safari drives - an area renowned for its elephant and buffalo during the dry season and a birder's paradise year round.

Nogatsaa and Tchinga

The pan speckled grass woodland approximately 3 hours drive south of Serondela is a hardly known area that holds water well into the dry season and attracts a profusion of game between August and October. This area is particularly good for viewing eland. Be warned: the lion are very bold in this region!

The Linyanti

The north-western corner of Chobe meets the Linyanti River affording a very short stretch of river frontage. This is a fragment of almost 900 square kilometres of the secluded Linyanti. The area's relative inaccessibility and remoteness makes it one of our favoured safari destinations.

Savuti

This famous western corner of Chobe is one of Botswana's best-known wildlife areas. Savuti covers almost 5000 square kilometres and includes the so-called Savuti Marsh and Channel, the Mababe Depression and Magwikhwe Sand Ridge. The lions and hyeanas and zebra migrations are synonymous with Savuti.

When to visit

 From December to March the plains in the south and the east are green with lush plains of grass but as the bush dries out between April to November, the game migrates to the deeper waters in the north and west.

 The Kasane/Chobe area is unfortunately prone to overcrowding during regional school holidays (we head for the Chobe Forest to miss the crowds); however the whole area is ideally suited as a short stay safari add-on to a trip to Victoria Falls.

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