Chobe and the Zambezi
Chobe National Park takes its name from the river which divides it from the Caprivi Strip, on the border between Botswana and Namibia. Chobe is Botswana’s second largest national park and is part of the greater Okavango region, linked by the Savuti Channel with the Moremi Game Reserve. The game viewing is amongst the best in Botswana, with particularly impressive elephant populations.
Chobe National Park is Botswana’s second largest park, covering a total of 11,700 square kilometres and stretching from the northern reaches of Botswana at its border with Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe to the Okavango Delta with the seasonal waters of the Savuti Channel in the far south of Chobe linking the two. Often included in a classic Botswanan safari circuit, Chobe offers exciting game viewing which is varied thanks to the different habitats found throughout the park.
Chobe is particularly popular for its elephant population, with huge herds congregating along the Chobe riverfront during the dry season. Numbers are thought to reach up to 60,000, thanks to Chobe bordering Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Boat trips are popular and provide a varied safari experience with the chance to view elephants wallowing in the river making for some excellent photo opportunities. A plethora of birdlife makes Chobe a birder’s paradise too with fish eagles and bee-eaters providing particularly impressive sightings. The river is a magnet for game during the dry season with all levels of the food chain coming to visit in search of water. As herbivores such as tsessabe, puku, waterbuck and impala come to the river to drink, predators are never far behind with leopard, lion and wild dog all seen out hunting, even elephants are not beyond the reaches of the largest prides of lion. The wonderful game viewing on offer in Chobe and its close proximity to Victoria Falls does mean that it does attract day-trippers so certain areas of the park, particularly along the river can get busy. Our Botswana specialists will be able to guide you to the quieter areas of the park without compromising on the wildlife experience.
The southern reaches of Chobe are home to the Savuti Marsh, a very different landscape to the north with drowned trees dotting the landscape of open savanna. Savuti hosts a number of migratory species, with zebras and wildebeest migrating in herds in search of lush grasses during the summer season. The tall grasses of the area also make it prime cheetah territory and there is a year-round elephant and leopard population found here.