Chobe National Park is a true wilderness experience with it’s largest elephant population found in any park on the continent. the third largest game reserve in Botswana. Covering an area of approximately 11700km². The park features a number of different mesmerizing landscapes, from lush floodplains and dense mahogany woodlands, to rolling grasslands, vast savannahs and verdant marshes.
The original inhabitants of this area were the San bushmen (also known as the Basarwa people in Botswana). They were nomadic hunter-gatherers who were constantly moving from place to place to find food sources, namely fruits, water and wild animals. Nowadays one can find San paintings inside rocky hills of the park. At the beginning of the 20th century, the region that would become Botswana was divided up to different land tenure systems. At that time, a major part of the park’s area was classified as crown land. The idea of a national park to protect the varied wildlife found here as well as promote tourism first appeared in 1931. The following year, 24’000 km² around Chobe district were officially declared non-hunting area; this area was expanded to 31’600 km² two years later. In 1943, heavy tsetse infestations occur throughout the region, making the idea of creating a national park momentarily left aside. It was only in 1953 that this project received governmental attention again: 21’000 km² were suggested to become a game reserve. As a result, the Chobe Game Reserve was born in 1960 with an area smaller than originally wanted. Finally, in 1967, the reserve was declared a national park.
The park is best known for its spectacular elephant population. It contains an estimated 50,000 elephants, perhaps the highest elephant concentration of Africa, and part of the largest continuous surviving elephant population. The elephant population seems to have solidly built up since 1990, from a few thousand.
Most travellers pick the dry season for a safari in Chobe National Park, as ever-increasing water independent animals stay around the Chobe River. During the hot months – August, September and October – there is some sensational game viewing, if you can stand the heat… The rainy season is definitely worth considering, especially for birdwatching. During the wet season, most accommodations have less visitors, so you are in for a very personal experience.
Chobe National Park is one of the world’s last remaining true wilderness areas and one of Africa’s greatest game parks. Chobe is the third largest park in Botswana (after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the remote Gemsbok National Park in the south-western corner of the country) and covers an area of 10,698 square kilometres. Chobe however, is unquestionably the most spectacular and diverse of Botswana’s areas, even more so than the celebrated Okavango Delta. Chobe National Park is home to huge herds of Elephant, Buffalo, and Burchell’s Zebra and high densities of predators such as Lion, Leopard, Spotted Hyena and Cheetah. The park is also notable for the presence of more unusual antelope species like Roan and Sable, Puku, Tsessebe, Eland, Red Lechwe, Waterbuck, and the rare Chobe Bushbuck. Other more popular species such as Giraffe, Kudu, Warthog, Wildebeest and Impala also abound.
Chobe can be divided into four main regions: The Chobe riverfront which supports the greatest concentration of wildlife and outstanding birding, the Savuti marsh which also offers prime habitat, the Linyanti swamps, and dry hinterland in between them all.
The Chobe Riverfront:
The riverfront is well known for its vast herds of Elephant and Buffalo that concentrate to drink from the river in the dry season. This area is perhaps the most frequented by visitors and its proximity to the Victoria Falls makes it an even more popular destination. This area therefore has a wide variety of tourist facilities ranging from posh five-star lodges to fully catered safari camps and do-it-yourself campgrounds.
The Savuti Marsh:
The Marsh area is well known for its coverage in a number of well-known wildlife documentaries, especially the National Geographic films by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Situated on the bed of a once-huge Paleo super-lake, Savuti is comprised of rich grasslands, savannah woodland and a large variety of trees and vegetation.
The Linyanti Swamps:
The western section of Chobe, known as Linyanti, along the Linyanti and Chobe Rivers and its surrounding swamps, is one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Botswana. However, guests at the private safari camps in the Linyanti are able to fly in to private airstrips and experience this amazing wilderness area.
Do rooms in lodges have mosquito net over the bed?
The beds at Chobe Game Lodge do not have mosquito nets, but all the windows do and there is a fan and air-con in the rooms- so Mosquitoes don’t stand a chance! They also provide Mosquito repellent in the rooms.
Can guests do morning game drive, late morning boat cruise and late afternoon game drive in one day?
There are three daily activities at the lodge and guests can go on all activities in one day.
Should we bring our own binoculars?
You should bring your own, not necessary for some of the animals but helpful for spotting birds, crocs and some of the smaller animals.
Do lodges have electricity and air conditioning in the rooms and are hair dryers provided?
Most lodges have 24-hour electricity and all the rooms are air-conditioned, featuring overhead fans and provided with 230V – 50Hz, 1200W hairdryers in each room as well, which are normally found on the dresser drawers.
What is the nearest airport?
Kasane airport is the nearest.
Are there a laundry services at the lodges?
Yes, there is laundry service and friendly staff at most lodges.
You will visit two of Southern Africa’s most exhilarating focal points, separated by only around two hours’ drive from each other – the Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. You will experience exceptional game viewing …
Experience one of Botswana’s most fascinating wilderness areas on a three-night, four-day fly-in safari adventure. You’ll enjoy luxury five-star accommodation that overlooks the remarkable Savute Channel, which ran dry for nearly 20 years.
A three-night, four-day safari to one of Botswana’s eminent wilderness areas – the Chobe National Park. You will fly-in to undertake this safari that covers thrilling game viewing pursuits like customary open-air 4x4 game drives …
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