The Chobe National Park stretches for 11,700 sq.km across the north of the Kalahari desert. It is fed by the Chobe river and hence you find a range of habitats, wet and dry, riverine and woody, inside the park. The park is an area between the Chobe river and Kasane town in the north (serves as an entrance to the park, hence the busiest area) to the Mababe Depression in the south.
Kasane International Airport is located 4 km south of Kasane town in the Chobe District. It provides access to the Chobe National Park and is open to both domestic and international flights. All flying safaris can be joined through Kasane airport.
There are offices in Kasane, Maun, Francistown and Gaborone where self-driving tourists can buy entrance tickets to the park or they can buy them directly online.
Chobe National Park has one of the densest concentrations of elephants in the continent. Along with elephants you can find herds of buffaloes plus hippos and crocodiles in the river. Large prides of lions flourish in the area owing to the high numbers of prey. The densest region of the park and the most popular seems to be the north on the Chobe riverfront where you can also find a variety of birds bathing or fishing in the sparkling waters.
Boating safaris and game drives can be done in a combination here, considered one of the best in Africa. Not far are the spectacular Victoria Falls bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia, that can be visited after one or two eventful days of safari in the Chobe.
The other area to be visited in the park is the Savuti Marsh. The Savuti channel is at times fueled by the Linyanti river water and flows right into the Savuti Marsh flooding it with gushing water, a welcome move for the annual migrants. The Savuti Marsh has over the years shown a peculiar phenomenon. Water has appeared and disappeared without hint and that has created drier spells for the area. Even when dry, the attractive scenery of the open grassland with traces of drowned trees is unmistakable.
The wildlife here includes zebras, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, tsessebe, elephants, buffalo, antelope, leopard, hyenas and lions. In the drier months the lions and elephants are the main attraction. Also on display is some age-old San rock art.
The prolific wildlife numbers and the river as the water source makes Chobe a must visit park in the dry season. It has high-end to affordable lodges perfect for any occasion, be it your honeymoon or just a normal day of wildlife exploration.
Come to Chobe for an amazing day of river safari!