Chobe National Park, situated at the Northwest of Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa and has an interesting variety of habitats
Chobe National Park
Chobe is divided into four distinctly different eco systems: Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area in the extreme north-east; the Savuti Marsh in the west; the Linyanti Swamps in the north-west and the hot dry hinterland in between. The 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 River has its origins in the highlands of Angola and once it enters Botswana, it goes through several name changes. It enters as the Kwando River and immediately becomes the Linyanti, then the Itenge and is finally called the Chobe River.
The Chobe River area contains an interesting variety of habitats and is rich in plant life, with mopane woodland, mixed combretum, sandveld, floodplain, grasslands and riverine woodland. Many trees have suffered considerable damage from the high numbers of elephants, who push them over and rip off the bark - and some woods have been totally denuded.
The most popular area in and just outside Chobe National Park is the short 15km stretch of Chobe River from Kasane town to the Serondela campsite. Hippo's and elephants epitomise this park more than any other animals. Notwithstanding the elephants, Chobe has some of the finest game viewing in Africa. This includes huge herds of buffalo and zebras, lechwe, Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope. Where there are buffalo, lions are never far away and there is a good chance of seeing large prides who laze around in the shade all day and only yawn themselves awake at dusk. Hyena, leopard and cheetah all enjoy the variety of game.
Rainy season: November to March with a peak during January and February. Rains often only begin in mid- December. Travelling through areas of clay soil can be very difficult at this time, but much of the Chobe River area is accessible. These are the warmest months with temperatures and humidity high and mosquitoes abundant. The wild flowers that emerge during the rains are quite stunning and bird life is abundant. Many animals give birth during this period of abundant grazing and if you are prepared to negotiate some mud, the rainy season in Chobe is a delightful time.
Dry season: May to October is dry and as the months progress and water dries up inland, animals congregate in huge numbers along the river. Game is at its most dense and easily visible during the dry season and most visitors come at this time. October is the hottest month and although it is the best for game viewing, it is also the most uncomfortable as the expectation of rain is high and the heat can be oppressive.
Featured Chobe National Park Safari Lodge & camp maps
Chobe Chilwero Lodge map
: Chobe Chilwero Lodge is located on the border of the Chobe National Park, the camp comprises 15 luxury thatched cottages.
Chobe Game Lodge map
: The only permanent game lodge within the Chobe National Park
DumaTau Camp map
: Duma Tau Camp overlooks an enormous lagoon
King's Pool Camp map
: Located in a private reserve in the Linyanti
Kwando Lebala Camp map
: The vast plains are contrasted with the casual elegance of the camp
Lianshulu Bush Lodge map
: The camp is on the banks of the Kwando River between the Okavango River to the west and the Zambezi River to the east.
Lianshulu Main Lodge map
: The lodge is on the banks of the Kwando River between the Okavango River to the west and the Zambezi River to the east.
Linyanti Bush Camp map
: Linyanti Bush Camp is small but high-quality, independent tented safari camp situated on the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave.
Muchenje Safari Lodge map
: Muchenje Safari Lodge sits high on the escarpment overlooking the Chobe
Savuti Camp mp
: The Savuti Channel is a legendary wildlife region
Savuti Elephant Camp map
: The Camp offers an oasis type setting in complete luxury
Selinda Camp map
: Overlooks the waterway which links the Okavango Delta with the game-rich floodplains
Zibalianja Camp map
: Located near the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savuti Channel