Chobe National Park


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Baby Elephants and Leopard Footprints

Written on: August 24, 2013   |   I visited in February 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 their path, and my guide reckons Chobe National Park has the largest concentration of elephants in the world. Most impressive was how close our safari truck got to inquisitive new born babies. They regarded us with playful suspicion and would dare themselves to get closer before scurrying away, trunk waving in the air.

Easily spotted from a distance the giraffes are also innumerable, their yellow heads peering above the trees. Sometimes we would turn a corner and find a youngster below the tree line, happily munching away. After visiting over ten national parks in Africa, Chobe is also the best park I've come across for hippos. Out in the Zambezi River they chill in herds of more than twenty, and twice we saw young bulls throwing their weight around and mock charging each other. Starting the safari by boat meant we got perilously close to the hippos, and I enjoyed how the land and water provide different experiences in the same park.

Predator sightings were rare and were limited to a sighting of three sleeping lions. I'm sure they're out there but the vegetation is dense and I would recommend a multi-day safari to anyone desperate to see big cats, or find real adventure. The camping areas inside Chobe have no protection from the wild, and our guide gave a very serious safety brief when we set up camp. Lying in the tent and listening to the park's soundtrack was truly unique and made me feel very insignificant in the world. Sure enough, our guide pointed out leopard footprints the next morning, barely ten metres from my tent. We set off following them but the predator had already disappeared. However, I was more than satisfied with another day admiring baby elephants and giraffes.
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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: 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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