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Chobe National Park Botswana | Bostwana National Parks

The navigable Chobe River and largest concentration of Elephants in the World makes The Chobe National Park one of Africa’s top Safari destinations

Chobe The elephant population is estimated at between 45 to 70 000 and is best seen on a Game Cruise on the Chobe River

Wildlife is varied and you can expect to see: giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, tsessebe, roan, sable, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, and eland.

Predators, including lions, hyenas, jackals, bat-eared foxes, cheetahs and wild dogs are also not far away.

The abundance of its wildlife and the true African nature of the region form the basis of a safari experience of a lifetime not to be missed

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Botswana National Parks

From the northern tip of the okavango delta- east to the Linyanti and the Chobe National Park, sweep south to the sister pans of the Nxai and Makgadikgadi salt pans.

In the centre the Central Kalahari Game Reserve covering 84% of Botswana, and further south the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Botswana is renowned as a premier wildlife destination. Game is prolific and diverse – the country is rugged and scenery wild.

Accommodation

Chobe is one of the few place that one has to visit and enjoy their vacation. With its finest and real African safari experience. It also provides best accommodations, safari lodges and campsites.

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Eco-systems: Map of Chobe National Park

Chobe national park encompasses 11,000km², covering a wide variety of ecosystems, from riverine forest, flood plains and periodic marsh to the sporadic rocky outcrops.

The four distinctly different ecosystems are:

  • The hot dry hinterland in the centre where the animals migrate during the summer once the main rains arrive (Nov to April)
  • Savuti in the south near the Mababe Gate is a prime game viewing destination. Savute’s almost desert-like landscape where animals escape the heat by clumping together in the limited available shade, elephants line up (males first) to get to the water supply and redbilled queleas that gather in their thousands, offers a wildlife experience you won’t easily forget.
  • The Linyanti Swamps are situated north of Savuti in a corner of the Chobe National Park. Wildlife viewing in the Linyanti region is excellent as it boasts large concentrations of elephant, lion, sable, roan, hippos, and wild dog, building to a peak in the dry winter months. The annual zebra migration is followed by large concentrations of lion
  • Serondela, with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area near Kasane. One of the best ways to enjoy the riverfront is to take a river cruise in the late afternoon, when the hippos amble onto dry land and the riverfront fills with elephants heading down for a drink and a romp in the water

Chobe River – Kasane

Both game cruises and drives reveal almost “wall to wall” animals near the Chobe river coming down to drink.

Lion are common, herds of buffalo and elephant among the largest anywhere in Africa, antelope, hippo and crocodiles are prolific, and the birdlife is exceptional in summer ( Sept to March) and then Areas have been set aside in which visitors may camp

As a rule each individual campsite may accommodate a maximum of six persons and two vehicles.

Many of the access tracks that lead to the park, and within the park, are rough and sandy, requiring 4 wheel drive.

There are 3 public campsites in the Chobe National Park

Access to the park has been limited in order to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable experience and can feel the wilderness atmosphere.

Serondela Camp, 10 kms west of the park gate, is Chobe’s most accessible campsite.
It should be noted that all payments at the Park must be made in Pula cash!

A 4×4 vehicle is essential and travelling with a second vehicle where possible is advisable. Always carry a container of water, extra fuel, and basic spares Always stay on the established tracks in order to avoid the ugly scars left by off-road driving. Stay below the 40 kph speed limit for the safety of wildlife and yourselves, and to keep down the dust. Camp only in designated campsites and ensure that you leave behind no sign of your stay. Keep these wild areas clean and litter free, so that everyone can enjoy their pristine beauty. Sleeping outside without a protective shelter is extremely dangerous. Always fasten your tent flaps at night to avoid visits by hyenas, scorpions & snakes. When camping in areas where monkeys, baboons, and hyena are present, remember to secure your foodstuffs in your vehicle. Baboons and monkeys have become very brazen and will snatch food from a camp table, or out of vehicles, if you fail to pay attention

Seasonal animal migrations – Chobe national park area

The highlight to this safari area is Chobe’s animal migrations. The animals move with the available food and water in the district, exhibiting the ancient patterns of time.

Most animals migrate to the open plains in the south from December to March. Then gradually, from April to November, as the land dries out, the animals migrate back to the large rivers of Chobe, Okavango and Zambezi

Botswana’s wildlife is not restricted to the national parks. The” forest areas” adjoining the parks have been divided into huge private reserves, often known as concession areas. Game roam freely between the official national parks and the wild areas that surround them

Border Posts near Chobe national Park

Kazangula border post between Zimbabwe and Botswana is open from 06:00 to 18:00

The border post between Kasane and Namibia closes at 16:30, hence clients always catch the early flights out of JHB, arriving in Victoria Falls at about 13:30 and then in Kasane about 15:30 for Namibian safari lodges accessed from Botswana

There are a number of operators doing Transfers between Victoria Falls and Kasane

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