Chobe National Park
A massive national park located in the north of Botswana offers visitors three world-famous wildlife destinations all located within the park, namely, the Chobe River, the Savuti Marsh and the Linyanti Swamps. These three very distinct regions offer an abundance of wildlife in a truly African setting.
There are few destinations on the continent for safaris and wildlife photography that can match what the Chobe has to offer.
Chobe National Park Facts
- Size: 11 700km²
- When to visit the park: Winter months are the preferred safari months
- Climate: Winter months are dry, and temperatures are hot to mild; summer months are wet with temperatures hot to very hot
- Rainfall: 600mm per annum varying
- Altitude: 930m - 1000m above sea level
- Location: northeastern Botswana, Chobe River forms the northern border
- Accommodation: Lodges In The Chobe Park or Lodges In The Savute
Where is the Chobe National Park located?
Chobe National Park is located in the far northeastern region of Botswana, with the Chobe River forming its northern border with Namibia. The National Park covers an area of 11 700km², making it one of Africa largest park.
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Information On The Chobe National Park
Chobe is unique with its abundance of wildlife and true African nature, offering a safari experience of a lifetime. The Chobe National Park, which is the second-largest national park in Botswana, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent.
The Chobe National Park is divided into four distinctly different ecosystems:
- Serondela (or Chobe River), with its lush plains and dense forests
- The Savuti Marsh in the west
- The Linyanti Swamps in the northwest
- And the hinterland, the area that lies between Savuti and the Linyanti
A wide variety of wildlife is found along the Chobe River, ranging from hippopotamus, crocodile, otter, elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and of course, lion and leopard.
In all areas of the National Park, predators abound, including lion, cheetah, leopard and both brown and spotted hyena. The Savuti area has particularly strong populations of predators, and annual zebra migration provides excellent photographic opportunities.
Over 450 bird species have been documented in the National Park.
Best Time To Visit The Chobe National Park?
As always, the winter months are best for safaris in all areas of the Chobe National Park, as the day time temperatures are mild to warm and the wildlife and birdlife congregate around water holes and along the Chobe riverfront. However, it must be noted that the winter months are peak season, and one will see this reflected in the price of the safaris.
However, if one is willing to put up with hot temperatures and a thunderstorm or two, the summer months, especially along the Chobe River, are not too bad; one will still see good wildlife with the bonus of exceptional birding. A safari to the Chobe in the summer months is also a bit cheaper when looking at costs.
With the summer rainfalls, the thick green bushveld makes it harder to spot wildlife which is a downside to a summer safari.
Main Attractions Of The Chobe National Park
- One of Africa's largest National Parks
- Four unique ecosystems: Chobe river, central pans around Nogatsaa, Linyanti wetlands and the Savuti region (Mababe Depression)
- Large elephant herds
- Exceptional wildlife encounters year-round
- Sunset cruise on the Chobe river
- Savuti region
- Stunning scenery provides the backdrop to excellent game drives
- Suggested; at least 3 nights near Savuti and again three nights near the Chobe River