CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Chobe National Park

Located in Botswana's north, Chobe is the country's third largest national park and boasts one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. It is world renowned for it's elephant population - estimated at 70,000, possibly the largest elephant concentration in Africa.

Established in 1968 and covering almost 12,000 square kilometres, Chobe National Park is the most accessible game country in Botswana. It was in the 1850s when Dr. Livingstone arrived in Botswama and since then scores of visitors have come here to experience the diversity of wildlife and landscapes that Chobe offers.

The beautiful Chobe River supports a diversity of wildlife that is hard to match. The blue water of the river cuts it's way through the Kalahari Basin, bordering the park to the north. The extreme Northeast of the park is known as the Serondela, consisting of lush floodplains and dense woodland, where the Chobe River is a major watering spot. When in flood the array of bird life is excellent with stork, ibis and other waterfowl. During the dry season wildlife takes up residence nearby to take advantage of the permanent water. This provides one of the perfect opportunities to view the large numbers of elephant, giraffe, Cape buffalo and the predators they attract.

Chobe can be divided in to different ecosystems, the Serondela being one of the most visited. Another well known area is the Savuti Marsh which constitutes the western stretch of the park, covering 10,800 kmĀ². A relic of a large inland lake, the marsh is now fed by the erratic Savuti channel. For 30 years this channel ran dry. Today, due to the unusual tectonic movement that affects Botswana, Savute is a lush paradise of grassland and life-giving waters.

The wildlife is adapting, and this once arid landscape is awash with life. Located at the Northwest corner of the park and adjacent to the Linyati River is the Linyati Marsh. Much like the Serondela and Savuti Marsh, the mix of open woodlands, flood plains and lagoons are home to large concentrations of lions and elephants. Hippos wallow in the waters, crocodile laze in the sun and rich birdlife surround the area.

Places To Stay Near Chobe National Park

Savute Safari Lodge

12 Suites

Savute Safari Lodge offers an exclusive safari experience in the renowned Savute Channel/Marsh area of Chobe National Park. Tasteful, contemporary style Safari Suites are spacious with large glass sliding doors and private viewing decks. The lounge, library and cocktail bar are in the spectacular thatch and timber main building, which has an upper-level viewing deck to watch the African sunsets.

Chobe Game Lodge

42 standard rooms; 1 family room; 4 suites

The only permanent game lodge within Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is set on the banks of the perennial Chobe River, overlooking the fertile floodplains of Namibia. Each of the air-conditioned river-facing rooms has a private terrace or balcony, and in addition the four luxury suites have private plunge pools and sundeck.

Chobe Chilwero

15 Cottages

A chic safari lodge, Chobe Chilwero borders Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. The 15 air-conditioned luxury guest cottages all command fabulous views.

There is a full Spa offering a range of treatments, including a treatment room elevated in the treetops. The lodge also boasts a split level swimming pool. Activities from Chobe Chilwero include game drives within Chobe National Park and river cruises in specially adapted motorboats.