Chobe National Park


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Charged by an elephant!

Written on: May 21, 2013   |   I visited in February 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.
The elephants were also on the move and everywhere. At one point we were driving by some trees and I spotted a large bull out of the corner of my eye. When we backed up to watch him, he charged.
He got within ten feet of our Subaru Forester, and it was, to say the least, terrifying.
This is an easy park to get around in thanks to the great road system, and the wildlife is overwhelming. A fantastic national park for safaris.
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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 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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