Bordering Namibia in the north east of Botswana, Chobe National Park covers an area of 11,700 square kilometres. Famous for its vast herds of elephant, the largest concentration in Africa, the park is also home to lion, leopard, hippo, crocodile, Cape buffalo and more! As well as unforgettable game drives in the park, you can view Chobe’s wonderful wildlife from boat-based safaris, whether a two- or three-night cruise on the Zambezi Queen, or a sunset sundowner adventure from Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero.
Whilst Chobe National Park is famous for its large concentrations of elephant (the highest density in Africa!) often seen gracing the banks of the mighty Chobe River, there are plenty of other species to look out for on daily game drives with expert rangers. These include - but aren't limited to - lion, leopard, zebra, Cape buffalo, hippo, puku and red lechwe.
Cruising the Chobe River
A river cruise is an excellent way to safari in the park, with two and three-night cruises aboard the Zambezi Queen inviting you to explore the Chobe River bordering Botswana and Namibia. The changing scenery can be viewed from each of the cabins' private balconies, while you can also hop into the tender boats to explore the wildlife on the shoreline – including huge elephants and various other game. Species along the wildlife-rich waterway include kingfishers, fish eagles and herons, as well as hippos and crocodiles.
Home to plenty of marshes and floodland, Chobe National Park is excellent for birdwatching, with some 460 species to tick off the checklist. Birds you may spot include half-collared kingfishers, white-backed night herons, African skimmers and much, much more!
Chobe National Park is a year-round destination with two distinct seasons. The wet season (from December to April) is an excellent time of the year for bird-watchers, while the light is often popular with photographers. The most popular time to visit is from May to November, during the dry season, when animals congregate around the Chobe River. August through to October are the hottest months.
Chobe National Park can be reached by road from Kasane Airport (BBK), which can be reached in under two hours by air from Johannesburg. The park can also be accessed by road from Livingstone Airport (LVI) in Zambia and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe. The best route depends on where in the park you are visiting. Your Luxury Travel Specialist will advise on the ideal travel arrangements for your bespoke itinerary.
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