Chobe National Park – Botswana
Chobe National Park is the perfect habitat for wildlife enthusiasts to see some of the largest concentrations of iconic African animals in one place. Take an exhilarating safari ride into the extensive savannahs and rolling grasslands to see Chobe’s renowned herds of Elephants and Buffalo, some of the biggest in Africa. The oldest national park in the country is home to the mighty Chobe River, which draws a great multitude of animals to its shores for nourishment. A river cruise, particularly at sunset, is a fantastic way to see many of the animals up close from a different perspective. Baby Elephants, Crocodiles, Hippos and a plethora of African Birds can be seen up close frolicking peacefully in their natural environment. Meanwhile, inland there are great numbers of Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs, which are a truly inspiring sight in the vast wild plains. Chobe is definitely the epitome of the African Safari experience.
Where is it?
Chobe National Park is located in the extreme north of Botswana, close to the country’s borders with Namibia and Zimbabwe. It is conveniently close to the stunning Victoria Falls, which lies just 100 kilometres away.
What is it?
Chobe is Botswana’s oldest National Park, as well as the most diverse in terms of wildlife. It is famous for its huge elephant population, one of the largest in Africa, which is estimated to consist of around 50,000 of the spectacular animals.
Best time to visit?
The dry season from April to October is the best time to visit Chobe. As the pans dry up, the vast variety of animals tend to congregate closer to the river banks, which makes spotting them much easier. There is also less vegetation, making it a lot easier to spot wildlife in the bush.
The Chobe River, which hosts so much of the awe-inspiring wildlife of the Park, simply must be experienced by any visitor. A small chartered boat allows you to get closer than almost anywhere in the world to truly wild pods of hippos, groups of elephants and striking crocodiles.