Chobe National Park

Renowned for its impressive, shifting migratory population of more than 50,000 elephants, Chobe National Park is situated in the far north-east of Botswana, bordered to the north by the mighty Chobe River.

As the second largest national park in Botswana, and it has four distinct eco-systems: Serondela in the extreme northeast with fertile plains and thick forests; the Savuti Channel in the west; the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest; and the arid hinterland in between.

This diversity of habitats provides a sanctuary to an astonishing array of African wildlife. In addition to spotting Chobe’s great pachyderm herds, you are likely to spot lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog, impala, waterbuck, kudu, zebra, wildebeest giraffe, and warthog. The park is also famous for its wonderful riverboat safaris,  making Chobe an essential destination for any avid safari enthusiast.

In some moments, you can literally feel the ground shake under the mighty feet of the Park’s huge elephant population which is often estimated at more than 50 000 strong.

Chobe is a vast 21 000 square kilometre (8000 square mile) wilderness that was declared as a National Park in 1967.  It is situated in the far north east of Botswana where the Chobe River forms the Botswana border with Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia.  The nearest town is Kasane in the north-eastern corner, forming the border post with Zimbabwe.

Chobe is just a 90-minute drive from Victoria Falls, making it easy to combine these two premier destinations in one holiday.  In the south, Chobe National Park shares an open border with the Moremi Game Reserve enabling large migrant animals to move instinctively, seasonally and freely between these two protected areas.

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The Chobe National Park is Botswana’s oldest and most diverse National Park.  It protects four contrasting and beautiful ecosystems including the Linyanti swamps and the Savuti marsh; and it has an open migratory routes to the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta and to Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe.

Premier Wildlife Destination – Botswana’s government has implemented many advanced tourism policies to ensure high quality, low volume tourism. This keeps the crowds at bay, preserves Botswana’s extraordinary environment and ensures the country remains one of the most spectacular wildlife havens on the planet.

A River of Many Names

The Chobe River is so generously life-giving to the otherwise semi-arid Botswana, that it is no wonder that the country has given this water course within its borders its own identity.

The Chobe is, in fact, a stretch of a major southern African river system that flows into the Zambezi River, over the Victoria Falls and eventually to sea.  However, long before that happens, the Cuando River rises from rainfall and tributaries in the Angolan highlands.  When it crosses the Namibian border and traverses its Caprivi region, it is known as the Kwando River.

In Botswana, the river is first called the Linyanti, and it almost subsides into the Kalahari sands like the Okavango, creating the channels and islands of the Linyanti Swamps.  Instead, the Chobe River diverts to the east, providing a spectacular game-viewing river frontage before leaving the country and joining the Zambezi.

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