Chobe National Park
Why you should visit the Chobe River Area
One of the largest concentrations of game in the African continent, particularly elephant
Open floodplains around the river make an ideal view from boat and vehicle safari
A great getaway destination to connect with Victoria Falls and Livingstone
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We offer excellent tailor-made safaris to Botswana that include Chobe National Park. Jackie, who has been lucky enough to explore this area in depth, recommends a traditional 'under canvas' safari; the tents are set up in the most remote areas of the Park, allowing you to listen to the noises of the night. In order to maximize your stay in this area a minimum of three nights is advised.
A little more about the Chobe River area
The Chobe river runs along the northern border of Chobe National Park, with its origins arising in Angola. It rises in the northern Angolan highlands, where it is called the Kwando River, and travels enormous distances through the Kalahari sands before reaching Botswana. Here it becomes the Linyanti until it reaches Ngoma where it becomes the Chobe.
The surrounding vegetation is trampled by the large herds of elephant that frequent the river's edge, especially in the drier months of April and October when herds of five hundred or more are often seen. This area of Chobe National Park is best known for the river and the open floodplains which offer a great chance to explore the area on boat cruises and 4x4 game drives.
Chobe National Park
Lying in north-west Botswana, Chobe National Park is probably best known for its spectacular elephant population. With 50,000 elephants it has the highest concentration in Africa. It is the second largest Park in the country after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and is the most diverse. Unique due to the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region it promises you the safari experience of a lifetime!
The Chobe river area is only two and half hours from Victoria Falls and Livingstone, making it a great location to combine with other Botswana highlights.
The Savuti Marsh
The Savuti Marsh is the relic of a large inland lake and forms the western stretch of the Park. Tectonic movements cut off the area's own water supply many years ago and the marsh is now fed by the erratic Savuti Channel. This channel has recently started flowing again (another consequence of tectonic activity) and in January 2010 reached Savuti Marsh for the first time since 1982.
There is easy access from Johannesburg with flights flying directly to Kasane four times a week, and daily flights into Victoria Falls and Livingstone. Most of the accommodation is situated on the riverfront or the Savuti Marsh. This is a great area for families who are visiting Victoria Falls or Livingstone with limited time - there is much to do to keep everyone happy.
When to go
Due to the dry conditions, game will be concentrated between the months of April to November. June to November particularly make for the best game viewing opportunities.
For further information about the Chobe River Area or for advice on your holiday to Botswana, please contact our Africa team on 01285 650 011 or see our inspiration for your holiday to Botswana.
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