Sitting on the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, Chobe National Park covers an area of 10,566 square kilometres and is home to one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife found on the African continent.
Here you will see major species of mammals; highlights include lion, wild dog, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, bushbuck, blue wildebeest, and huge numbers of hippo. Large herds of buffalo also gather along the fertile floodplain in the dry season. The Chobe elephant are migratory, making seasonal movements of up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers (where they congregate in the dry season) to the pans in the southeast of the park, in the rainy season.
Amongst a colourful collection of birdlife, you can expect to see long-toed, and wattled plovers, white-faced whistling ducks, African fish eagle, pink-throated longclaw, numerous species of heron and water-birds, and perhaps western banded snake-eagle. Brilliantly plumaged carmine bee-eaters seem to circle endlessly overhead, particularly from mid-September onwards, and lilac-breasted rollers adorn every lookout.
Game-viewing is by 4-wheel drive vehicles inside the park, or boat rides along the river. The park is divided into four distinctly different ecosystems: the lush plains and forests of the Serondela and Chobe River areas 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 best time to see wildlife is generally during the dry season, when the majority of natural pans have dried up.
Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, lion, puku, wild dog
Where: Northern Botswana, Botswana
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This small group trip incorporates prime wildlife areas, starting in the Okavango Delta, one of the ecological wonders of the world and home to predators such as lion, hyena, wild dog and leopard. Continuing on to Chobe National Park, you will find here one of Africa’s highest remaining concentrations of wildlife.
When to go: Jan-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 13 days
Price inc. flights: From £3,995 pp
Trip type: Group tour
This 37-day comprehensive itinerary, which visits no less than seven countries, delivers the ultimate African safari experience and a wealth of contrasts. Travel to some of Africa’s best National Parks and stay in a range of classic lodges, hotels and tented camps on this wildlife trip of a lifetime.
When to go: Apr-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 37 days
Price inc. flights: From £16,495 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
Few trips venture as far as Namibia’s northern border, but this innovative itinerary employs a combination of self-drive and guided safari to visit famed Etosha and the Caprivi en route to Africa’s Four Corners – where Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet – ending at Chobe and Victoria Falls.
When to go: Jun-Oct
Duration inc. flights: 16 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
In recent years, water levels in the Savuti Channel have risen again after around ten years of laying dry, with the result that the attracted wildlife can be seen with ease. Enjoy vehicle safaris to see herds of elephants, packs of wild dogs, zebra and wildebeest, and leisurely river trips by mokoro dugout canoe.
When to go: Apr-Nov
Duration inc. flights: 9 days
Price inc. flights: From £5,495 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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Duma Tau is located in the enormous private Linyanti Concession, a haven for wildlife. The camp’s ten luxurious rooms overlook a large hippo-filled lagoon, and have sturdy thatched roofs and canvas walls allowing guests to enjoy the night sounds of Africa from the comfort of their beds.
Located in the enormous private Linyanti Concession, Kings Pool is a luxurious lodge, offering fabulous accommodation in nine luxurious tented rooms. The camp overlooks the hippo-filled Kings Pool Lagoon, and each room has its own private plunge pool and viewing sala.
Situated in a quiet area at the western edge of Chobe National Park, the intimate Muchenje Safari Lodge lies on an escarpment with fine views over the Chobe River floodplain. Wildlife activities include day and night drives, walking safaris and boat cruises, all accompanied by expert guides.