Chobe River safaris, tours & holiday packages

Accessible, high-density wildlife viewing in Botswana

The riverfront is Chobe National Park’s most accessible region and boasts a high density of wildlife, especially during the dry season when animals congregate at the river

Chobe River is renowned for the huge herds of elephants and buffalo that come to the river to drink and play in the refreshing waters. On a drive along the roads following the river’s contours, visitors can also see a variety of game including puku (a water-loving antelope found nowhere else in Botswana), red lechwe, waterbuck, giraffe, sable and roan antelope, baboons, lions, leopard, hyena and jackal.

Popular Chobe River safaris

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

Victoria Falls and Chobe Encounter (5 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Victoria Falls and Chobe Encounter (5 days)

Encounter the smoke that thunders and explore the land of giants in the Chobe National Park

$ 2,230

£ 1,574

R 30,304

1,832

per person

5 days

Waterfalls and Wildlife: Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Journey (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Waterfalls and Wildlife: Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Journey (7 days)

Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos on the Chobe River

$ 1,780

£ 1,256

R 24,189

1,462

per person

7 days

Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa Safari Adventure (19 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa Safari Adventure (19 days)

Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent

$ 7,041

£ 4,969

R 95,685

5,785

per person

19 days

Highlights of Botswana Tour de Force (14 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Highlights of Botswana Tour de Force (14 days)

The ideal safari to capture Botswana's unrivalled beauty and abundance of flora and fauna through the lens

$ 6,850

£ 4,834

R 93,086

5,628

per person

14 days

Botswana and Zimbabwe’s World Wonders (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana and Zimbabwe's World Wonders (7 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – to the diverse game viewing at the Chobe National Park and ending at the thundering Victoria Falls

$ 3,070

£ 2,166

R 41,719

2,522

per person

7 days

Botswana Premium Safari Collection (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana Premium Safari Collection (8 days)

Choose our Botswana premier collection and experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations.

$ 4,250

£ 2,999

R 57,754

3,492

per person

8 days

Chobe National Park - Savuti Area Safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Elephant Kingdom: Chobe National Park Tour (3 days)

If seeing African elephants is on your travel bucket list, then the Chobe National Park should be right at the top

$ 2,170

£ 1,531

R 29,489

1,783

per person

3 days

Journey through the Highlights of Southern Africa (13 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Journey through the Highlights of Southern Africa (13 days)

Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list

$ 6,073

£ 4,286

R 82,530

4,990

per person

13 days

Botswana Big Five Safari (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana Big Five Safari (7 days)

Encounter the extraordinary herd of elephants and other species that will make your safari remarkable in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve

$ 3,995

£ 2,819

R 54,289

3,282

per person

7 days

Boating on the Chobe River

Quick Victoria Falls and Chobe Experience (5 days)

Visit Livingstone, Zambia, to marvel at the Victoria Falls – or 'the smoke that thunders' – before going on safari and a river cruise in Botswana's Chobe National Park

$ 2,040

£ 1,440

R 27,722

1,676

per person

5 days

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Morgan Trimble says

The action is non-stop along the Chobe River; with so much wildlife activity, my biggest problem on game drives or boat cruises is deciding which direction to point my camera!

More on Chobe River holidays

A boat cruise on the river provides an exciting complement to the traditional game drive. Visitors can get a close-up look at scores of hippo, crocodiles and all sorts of animals that come to the water to drink. Birdlife is prolific. The cruise is a great opportunity to see lively kingfishers, colorful bee-eaters and rollers and scores of water birds. Of particular interest is the African skimmer, a bird that fishes by skimming the surface of the water with its beak while flying at a surprising clip. Access to the Chobe River is easy from the nearby village of Kasane, which offers many options for comfortable lodging. Chobe River also allows access to the Ngwezumba Pans, 70 kilometers to the south, where animals gather in the rainy season. The more difficult to access Savuti and Linyanti lie to the west. Trips to Victoria Falls can also be arranged from Kasane. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Chobe River

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When is the best time to visit Chobe?

If you're looking to experience the large elephant herds and the other variety of wildlife on show in Chobe, then a visit during the dry season months of May - November are ideal as the animals will congregate around water sources such as… go there.

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What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

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Reviews on our Chobe River safaris

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…

Saada

from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…

Debbie

from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

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