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
Encounter the extraordinary herd of elephants and other species that will make your safari remarkable
Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos at the Chobe River
Encounter the smoke that thunders and explore the land of giants in the Chobe National Park
This Southern Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent
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
Experience the paradise of Botswana and enjoy game viewing as well as exciting activities in Zambia
If seeing African elephants is on your travel bucket list, then the Chobe National Park should be right at the top
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Choose our Botswana premier collection and experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations.
The ideal safari to capture Botswana's unrivalled beauty and abundance of flora and fauna through the lens
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!
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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.
Chobe River Map
Chobe River's location on Google Maps
Frequently Asked Questions about Chobe River
December to March are the sunniest months and perhaps the best time to visit. There are some cloudy periods and rain from March to May, and drizzle from October to early December which may restrict clear views. However, Mount Kenya National… go there.
The months of December through March and July through October are dry, making them by far the best months to visit the Samburu National Reserve. When the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.
May to October is the best time to visit Tsavo East and West National Park. The wildlife is easier to spot - since they gather around the waterhole. go there.
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Reviews on our Chobe River safaris
Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…
Jates and Hil Oettle
from South Africa
It is the first travel in Africa for us. I'm Marco, 56 years old, travelling with my guys Filippo (age 24) Gianluca (age 20). For our first visit to Africa, we wanted to experience something authentic yet unguided and safe. We decided on…
First experience but not the last!
from Botswana and Zimbabwe
I found Discover Africa to be first class. All my questions were answered quickly and sensibly. Megan, with whom I dealt throughout, was helpful and patient and responded to any questions or queries I had rapidly and efficiently. The price…
Working with Megan from Discover Africa to set up our safari was a breeze. She managed to get us to all of the locations we wanted to get to and the camps we wanted to visit. She was incredibly responsive and helped us with any questions or…
from United States of America
Our trip was arranged by Carel Verhoef at discoverafrica.com and was perfectly organised. We flew into the Masai Mara from Nairobi and all flight connections and transfers were arranged for us and went like clockwork. Carel was also very…
from South Africa
Every one was so helpful in making the arrangements. The booking people helped in all the questions we had, they were polite and helpful. The tour and lodge were amazing. Every one was helpful and very interesting to talk to. They made our…
from United States of America