Chobe National Park

The meandering Chobe River has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. This is elephant country with vast herds migrating through Chobe and the adjacent Savuti and Linyanti marshes. During the dry season the elephants are so numerous and thirsty that they provide an awesome spectacle for tourists as they converge on the river. Much of the land stretching up the panhandle down to Maun including Kwando, Linyanti, Savuti and Selinda areas of Chobe is unspoilt by tourism.

How to get there

The area is most easily accessible from Kasane in Botswana, but also from Zambia and Namibia.

Species you will see

Elephants, lion, kudu, hippo, crododiles, buffalo, impala, leopard are commonly seen. It is also an excellent area for birds with African fish eagles, jacana and many species of water birds. Carmine bee-eaters are a highlight during the summer months.

When to go

Elephant – and tourists – congregate here from July to October during the dry season. This is also the time when carmine bee-eaters are mostly likely seen. It is also a fantastic area to visit after the rains in March and April when the migrants are still in the area.

Top tips

Chobe is a relatively busy area and at sunset there can be up to 20 boats out on the water. The park is also very close to national roads and so there is a high concentration of vehicles. The best option for those wanting to escape the crowds is to visit out of season or to stay in some of the smaller out of the way camps. It is a fantastic area but a wilderness it is not.