Chobe National Park


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Sable Antelope, Chobe National Park
Sable Antelope, Chobe National Park
About Chobe National Park
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Parks total area:
10,566 km² (4080 mi²),
Year established:
1967
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • Close proximity to Victoria Falls National Park
  • One of the greatest concentrations of elephants in all of Africa
  • Best time to visit runs between November and March

Located in northern Botswana and established in 1967, Chobe National Park offers a stunning array of wildlife. At 10,566 km² (4080 mi²), Chobe is Africa’s 13th largest national park and the third largest in Botswana after Central Kalahari and Gemsbok.

Chobe is home to several large animals and one can find four of the five big five here, with the rhino being the only one that has rarely been seen in this area. One of the greatest concentrations of elephants in all of Africa can be found in Chobe, and a safari here is guaranteed to have several elephant viewing opportunities. It is also possible to see lions, leopards and cheetahs in Chobe along with countless species of birds.

Botswana has a very well-developed safari infrastructure and offers a high-standard of safari accommodation. It is highly recommended for beginner and expert safari goers alike. Its proximity to other major tourist destinations, including: Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari and/or Victoria Falls, make it a highly desirable travel destination.

Of notable mention is the Linyanti Game Reserve. This small area of land is in the north western corner of the Chobe National Park, northeast of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Taking its name from the river of the same name, Linyanti is best known for the large numbers of elephant that roam the reserve. It has recently become one of the best places to see the African wild dog, driven virtually to the edge of extinction – roughly 5000 exist in the wild today. Safaris here promise the true Botswana experience.

When to visit Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park has two distinct seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The wet season starts around mid-October and runs through mid-March. As many of the safaris in Chobe are in a boat along the Chobe River, the increased precipitation often has no impact on ease of accessibility. The wet season does mean the concentration of animals is lower as water supplies become more abundant. The dry season, which runs from November through March means lower water levels and higher concentrations of wildlife.  

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 09, 2016   |   Visited: Oct 2014.
Chobe National Park is a great park for visitors traveling to Botswana for the first time. It is relatively close to the magnificent Victoria Falls and has spectacular game. The popular sunset cruise on the Chobe River is a 'must do' activity for anyone visiting this area.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 28, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
Chobe is fantastic! The river safaris are an excellent way to get around. I was there towards the end of the dry season, which meant our guide had a pretty easy time of figuring out where the animals would be. This also meant so did all the other guides. It was a bit crowded at times, and that did bother me, but other than that, I really had a great time here and w... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 17, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2009.
October is often referred to as "suicide month" in Southern Africa because of the soaring temperatures in places like Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. While I was in Zambia, the mercury was topping somewhere around 110 degrees Fahrenheit (well above the average - we can thank climate change for that!). And when the temperatures are that high, it can sometimes mean tha... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 07, 2014   |   Visited: Dec 2013.
The Chobe National Park is stunning. The Chobe River running through allows game viewing from Boats which adds an extra something special. In the dry season, the animals congregate along the river and therefore, there's much to be seen! Campsites in the Chobe are Savuti, Linyati and Ihaha - all stunning (ablutions and running water), and the lodges are first clas... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 19, 2013   |   Visited: May 2013.
If you don't see an elephant in Chobe then you have had your eyes closed for the duration of your safari!

There is something magical about watching hundreds upon hundreds of elephants trundling through the bush and making their way to the River Chobe. Often there are elephant calves in the herds and watching their antics can be delightful.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 24, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
All around Chobe National Park there are road signs warning of crossing elephants. These immense beasts are everywhere; large herds playfully splashing in the water, cute babies chasing away warthogs, lone tusked males ignoring our proximity, and alpha males showing off their power. For two days it was rare we went more than a couple of minutes without crossing the... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 21, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2009.
This is a great park for getting fairly close to some of the more common animals. In my memory, this was THE place to see hippos in Africa. There may be more elsewhere, but they were all over the place here - on land and in the water. A lot of opportunities to see them at play and in social groups.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 10, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2010.
The Chobe is a phenomenal park and home to an abundance of wildlife, all of which can be admired on late afternoon game drives and sunset barge sailing along its rivers. The first and only place in Botswana where we spotted crocodiles, the Chobe is home to zebras, lots of different gazelles, elephants, warthogs and hippos.

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Safari suitability: 9 / 10
Four of the big five and ample variety and quantity of wildlife make this a great choice.
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