Chobe National Park in Botswana is one of the most beautiful and astounding national parks in Africa. Covering more than 10 640 km2 of pristine bushveld and wetlands, this natural gem is renowned for its elephant, hippo, buffalo and lion population. It is also one of Africa’s most diverse parks, with over 400 species of birds and several wildlife species like the Chobe bushbuck, impala and Puku antelope.
This national park is also home to the unique Chobe River, which is known for its large Nile crocodiles and hippos. Boating along the Chobe River offers an impressive wildlife sighting experience, as several animals come to the river at different times of the day to drink and browse the vegetation located along its banks. Other activities to take part in while visiting Chobe National Park include savanna walks, river cruises, campfire nights, canoeing and fishing.
Chobe National Park was established in 1968 under the Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act of Botswana. It is essentially a combination of two game reserves, Chobe Game Reserve and Ngamiland Game Reserve. The two join together at the Chobe River, which runs from the Savuti Marsh and Tembo Flats in the south to the Kasikiziin the north. Chobe National Park is also home to two remarkable lodges and other accommodation options, providing visitors with the ultimate wildlife experience in Botswana.
Rates (USD) $61 to $311 pp/day
Best Time To Go August to October (Best at the riverfront area)
High Season July to October (The park gets crowded)
Size 11,700km² / 4,517mi²
Witness an amazing wildlife experience with four of the Big 5, excluding Rhino, easily spotted!
Birders can appreciate a diverse selection of avian life!
Go on game drives, boat safaris, and walking safaris!
Self-drive day visitors are allowed entry!
Combine with the stunning Victoria Falls, situated on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia!
Most of the accommodation found is outside of the park.
Enjoy the hot and dry weather!
In the afternoons, the river gets quite crowded with Safari boats!
Due to the crowds, self-drive hours are limited from 9 AM to 2:30 PM, and it offers very limited wildlife viewing opportunities.
There are a limited number of safari circuits found inside the park.
Chobe National Park is a game reserve in Botswana and is known for its large population of elephants and other wildlife. The area includes the Chobe River Valley, an important wildlife corridor between the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. It is home to many species of antelope, buffalo, lions, hippos, crocodiles, and giraffes, and provides a refuge for endangered species like painted hunting dogs and king cheetahs. The park also offers a range of activities such as traditional game viewing, bird watching, walking safaris, boating, and even night game drives in the open savanna. Every summer, the annual Chobe River Flood draws thousands of animals including elephants, zebras, waterbuck, and more, making it one of the most popular game viewing destinations in Africa.
Eswatini has a distinct summer and winter but at opposite times as in Europe and North America. Summer, from October to April, corresponds with the Wet season and winter, from May to September, corresponds with the Dry season. The summer rains usually manifest in the form of afternoon storms and rarely interfere with daily activities. Summer tends to be quite hot with temperatures up to 32°C/90°F and high humidity.
The best time to visit Chobe National Park in Botswana is between July and October. During this time, the dry season has settled in, which amplifies the wildlife viewing opportunities. The landscape is then vividly contrasted between the lush riverbanks and the bleached, dry savannah. For bird and wildlife enthusiasts, the sheer abundance of species encountered here make Chobe a must-see destination.
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