More than 17% of Botswana is devoted to National Parks or Game Reserves. However, there can only be one first, which is Chobe National Park. The most biologically diverse park in the country, a Chobe safari gives visitors the chance to see a truly impressive range of wildlife.
Located in the North-Eastern corner of Botswana, and bordering Namibia, Chobe was proclaimed a national park in 1967 and is spread across 11,700 square kilometres of the Botswana countryside. The border town of Kasane is the main entry point, with road transfers taking visitors into the Chobe lodges and camps, and light aircraft flights to other areas such as the Okavango Delta. The Eastern part of the park tends to be busier with more safari lodges, but becomes more remote as you move further West.
The Northern boundary of the park is marked by the Chobe River, where visitors can enjoy sunset river cruises and some even stay aboard houseboats that make their way up and down the river. The river flows all year, meaning that in the dry season in particular, the game viewing along the banks of the Chobe is superb.
Chobe National Park is renowned for its large herds of elephant (there are around 100,000 in the park in all), as well as having large herds of antelope and zebra and offers the chance for excellent sightings of lion and leopard. Game viewing activities are conducted in game viewing vehicles and on boat trips on the river, with extra excursions such as tiger fishing available, in season.
Chobe National Park offers a fantastic variety of accommodation, from wonderfully luxurious lodges such as Sanctuary's Chobe Chilwero to more modest options such as Chobe Elephant Camp or Muchenje. You can also stay in Kasane Town itself, where lodges such as Chobe Bush Lodge are great options. For visitors looking for something a little different, The Zambezi Queen and the Chobe Princesses offer the chance to spend a few nights aboard a specially designed houseboat as it cruises the Chobe River.
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"With the largest herds of massive elephants in the world, majestic pachyderms, the elusive oribi antelope and over four hundred and forty different types of bird species, Chobe National Park in Botswana is a great wildlife destination."
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