Why should you visit Chobe?

Fast facts:

  • Chobe and its animal inhabitants have been protected since 1968

  • The park stretches over 11,700km2

  • Four of the Big Five roam the bush (and rhino have been reintroduced to Botswana, so chances to see them will increase in years to come)

  • Eyes on the sky: 450+ bird species can be seen

  • More wise and wonderful elephant than anywhere else on Earth

  • Located in a country that has banned hunting

Meet the locals

Puku: A medium sized, rare antelope that likes wetlands and floodplains; males whistle to tells others to stay away from their territory

The puku is a rare and astute antelope  Credit: Edward Selfe

Wild dogs: Rare, rangy, gregarious hounds that hunt in packs (rather messily). Also called painted dogs or wolves

Wild dogs are highly endangered

Buffalo: Like enormous cows at first sight, until you realise they’re just great slabs of muscle capable of violence. Some say they look at you “as if you owe them money”… Respect

Buffalo are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals in the African wild

Secretary birds: long-legged birds of prey that dispatch snakes with a kick and have glorious eyelashes

The Secretary bird is a fearsome snake wrangler


Our Recommended Itinerary

Chobe National Park - Savuti package

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Welcome to the Chobe National Park

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Chobe in September

Spring - It’s pretty hot by day now, with Kasane temperatures averaging about 30° Celcius. The first bird migrants return: yellow-billed kites and carmine bee-eaters are first back; woodland kingfishers come later. Botswana’s Independence Day is celebrated on 30 September. Dry season continues, so once again, the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers are the place to be for big game sightings.…

Chobe in June

Winter - It’s cold at night and in the early mornings (temperatures can drop close to 0°) so take warm extra layers for game drives, but sunshine is almost guaranteed. It’s the start of high season, so you will be meeting other vehicles on the roads and sharing sightings, especially on the Chobe River. But what sightings! Day by day there will be more elephant, plus buffalo, crocs…

Affordable Chobe holiday

Travellers lucky enough to be armed with strong international currencies should be able to explore Chobe in perfect comfort (sometimes top-end comfort) for a reasonable price – but do remember this is a destination where low-volume, high-income tourism is promoted. As such, some may need to look for ways to keep costs down. Most lodges and camps in Chobe Riverside, Savuti and…

Savuti

The often biscuit-dry, wild and eternally surprising Savuti region (also spelled “Savute”; it means “mystery”) is an entirely different experience to the Chobe Riverside. At its heart is the enigmatic 100km-long Savute Channel, which follows no laws visible to humans and flows only when it will – remaining dry for decades at a time. Tiny shifts in the tectonic plates below may…

Chobe in April

Autumn - Zebra and Wildebeest begin their return migrations towards the permanent rivers as water sources and the bush begins to dry out. Savuti and Nogatsaa can see a migration of zebra in April and May. Low temperatures drop below 20°. The last summer bird migrants are on the wing, heading north again until the next rains. A good time to visit Savuti – and the central areas of the…

Chobe in January

Summer December to February is peak rainy season in Chobe, and the Riverside area receives more rain than anywhere else in Botswana: up to 650mm a year. The great herds won’t be visiting the Riverside, but elephants and hippo are always present. Vegetation everywhere will be splendidly lush and the herds dispersed. By now, trees like the sour plum, African Mangosteen and marula trees…

Popular Chobe National Park Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

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