Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park and the Savute area are renowned for great herds of elephant that come to drink and play along the sandy riverbanks of the Chobe River. As the end of the dry season nears in September and October, it’s not uncommon to see hundreds of elephants at a time. Boat trips are a great way to get a view of the enormous herds. Elephants aside, the game viewing in Chobe is excellent with a wide variety of animals and birds. The Chobe River, near Kasane, is the only place in Botswana where puku are found, often in the company of lechwe and impala. Our favorite camp along the Chobe River is Chobe Game Lodge, or for something more unique, the Chobe Princess houseboat.

Easily accessible from Victoria Falls and Livingstone, this park is Botswana’s busiest destination. During peak season it can get quite crowded, in part, due to its accessibility from the Falls as a day trip. Also, given Botswana’s dedication to a high-cost/low-density tourism model, the National Parks and public campgrounds offer the most affordable taste of the country’s wildlife.

Savute, a more remote area of Chobe, is popular for spotting Botswana’s largest predators. The famed Savute Marsh is fertile hunting grounds for its fierce lion prides who have a particular knack for taking down buffalo and elephant. In this region, we love Savute Under Canvas and Savute Elephant Lodge.

Our favorite accommodation in Chobe National Park

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