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 smoke that thunders and explore the land of giants in the Chobe National Park
Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos on the Chobe River
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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
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Encounter the extraordinary herd of elephants and other species that will make your safari remarkable in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve
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
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
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…
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…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
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…
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…
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…