Chobe Day Trips From Victoria Falls

Chobe Day Trips From Victoria Falls

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Chobe Day Trips From Victoria Falls

The Chobe Day Trip picks up from 7h00 sets off at about 7h30 from either Victoria Falls or Livingstone - destination Chobe National Park in Botswana. If you are coming from Livingstone, you will travel to the Kazungula Ferry and then across to Kasane. If you are coming from Victoria Falls, you will be transferred by vehicle to the Kazungula Border which is the border post between Zimbabwe and Botswana - a distance of 80km - here your Botswana Guide will meet you.

Beyond the Border

ELEPHANTS ON THE CHOBE RIVER

Elephants are a regular sight on the Chobe Day trip

After completing the border formalities it's time for your first safari of the day which is a 3hr boat cruise along the Chobe River. This section of the river is famous for its huge herds of elephants which can be viewed up-close and safely from the boat. Hippos, crocodiles and an abundance of birdlife is thrilling to see and experience. What a fantastic way to spend the morning.

The morning boat cruise ends at around 12.30 pm in time for a welcomed and tasty lunch at Chobe Safari lodge on the banks of the Chobe River.

Halfway Through a Chobe Day Trip

After lunch, it is time for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park, where once again you have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife as you explore the Chobe Riverfront by open safari vehicle. Large herds of elephants, buffalo and plains game, along with their accompanying predators have made this their home. It's very rare for this not to be a truly unforgettable game viewing experience.

Sadly the day is now drawing to an end and it's time to head home before dark. You will be transferred back to your hotel in either Livingstone or Victoria Falls arriving there at about 18h30.

IT'S A KIND OF MAGIC

An interesting phenomenon is occurring on the Chobe this year. The river level is rising at unprecedented rates in comparison to the last 10 years. It’s amazing to watch as areas normally untouched by the river are being enveloped by the inescapable floods. The result has been a frenzy of new activity in these zones, especially by Chobe’s myriad of bird life. There is visible excitement amongst the Kingfishers that are feasting on the fingerlings colonizing these new waters. The Bee-Eaters never tire in their chase for juicy prey resulting from the late surge in the insect population.

This year we are also experiencing very heavy late rains, that swoop in from Zambia to the north and concentrate along the river. A hugely diverse array of mammal species are now making appearances in the Chobe waterfront area. Guides who have worked this area for decades are saying that this is a result of drier weather further inland and the sweet smells of new growth by the river. With the herbivores come the predators. Lions and leopards are being sighted daily. It is unusual that sightings of these cats are better from the river, but the usual charm of the Chobe boat cruise has now been even more enhanced by the high possibilities of viewing these creatures in amongst

Hippos in the River, Chobe National Park, Botswana

elephants and buffalo along Watercart, an area famous for its year round concentrations of plains game. Guests on game drives are experiencing different rewards. They are being taken a little further inland away from the waters’ edge and are being greeted by herds of zebra, wildebeest, eland and sometimes even the elusive Sable.

The Wild Dogs are also back and they have new pups. The pack’s numbers have swelled to 17 and their hunting success rate has been greatly enhanced by the unparalleled concentrations of game along the river front. Every day there is something new, every day a new adventure for those who are privileged to visit this beautiful piece of Africa.

This truly is a special time to be in Chobe!

Text by Luke Brown, African Odyssey and Into Africa

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