Chobe National Park

One of Africa’s largest and most biodiverse national parks, Chobe extends over 4,500 square miles of northeast Botswana, only 50 miles west of Victoria Falls, with which it is often twinned on safari itineraries. Bounded by the Chobe River in the north, it is a key component of the Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, an unfenced 200,000-square-mile tract of wilderness that runs south to the Okavango and incorporates several other reserves and concessions in Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Discover Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park offers excellent all-round game viewing. It is home to sizeable numbers of most safari favorites, including lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, hippos and various antelope, the most notable absentee being rhino. Localized antelope associated with Chobe include red lechwe, puku and sable.

The park is renowned for its astonishing elephant densities. These are to some extent seasonal, with numbers tending to peak in the dry season (May to Sep), when more than 100,000 elephants may congregate within the park boundaries. 

The centerpiece of the park’s most developed, accessible and popular sector is the Chobe River, which is a major magnet for thirsty elephant, giraffe, buffalo and antelope, and can be explored on boat safaris or along a network of riverine wildlife-viewing tracks.

Chobe is one of the top birding sites in Botswana, with more than 450 species recorded. Boat trips on the Chobe River are particularly rewarding; some of the more alluring species likely to be seen include African skimmer, African finfoot, Pel’s fishing owl, rufous-bellied heron and half-collared kingfisher.

The remote Savuti sector of the park is named after an erratic watercourse known as the Savuti Channel. Even when the channel is dry, which is normally the case, Savuti’s fertile savanna and swampland, punctuated by rocky hills known as koppies, offers great general game viewing. The area is well known for its dense leopard population and lion prides that specialize in taking down elephants.

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