About Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is the second largest park in Botswana and stretches out across an area of 10,566 sq km. With sections of marshland, flood plains, savannah, grassland, woodland and two rivers, the park is incredibly diverse and makes up some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The San Bushmen originally inhabited the park and hunted throughout the area. In 1932 a non-hunting area was set up and eventually, in 1957, Chobe became the first National Park in Botswana. Both driving tours and boat excursions along the river are popular ways to see the indigenous game of this park.Read More
Chobe is known for its elephant population, with some 120,000 elephants based in the park. They tend to be particularly large but their ivory is brittle, so will only have short tusks. Damage by elephants is evident and troubling and, due to the high numbers, culls have been considered but so far have not taken place. As well as elephants, an abundance of giraffes, zebras, impalas, sables, wildebeests, kudus, waterbucks, warthogs, elands, lions and hyenas can be seen, and if you are very lucky, cheetahs and leopards.
The rainy season runs from November to March with a peak during January and February. These are the warmest months, with abundant grazing, many animals giving birth and stunning wild. The dry seasons runs from May to October, predominantly dry and as the water dries up inland, animals congregate in huge numbers along the river. Due to the huge numbers of game close to the river, game viewing is at a peak during this time, with October being the best month (also the busiest and hottest).
Chobe National Park Tours
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park Hotels
If you are planning a Chobe National Park holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Camp Kuzuma Chobe National Park
Set amongst the pristine Kuzuma Forest, Camp Kuzuma is a private and exclusive safari lodge. Overlooking a popular waterhole, the lodge is situated in a busy elephant corridor between the Chobe and Hwange national parks. The camp consists of open plan luxury tented suites beautifully covered by Mopane trees and offer luxury and comfort in a beautiful wilderness setting. Delicious meals are served in the elegant dining room or for the ultimate in luxury opt for private dining at the waterhole.
Chobe Safari Lodge Chobe National Park
Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Safari Lodge is an excellent gateway to Chobe, Victoria Falls and the Zambezi Region. Rooms are spacious, with excellent facilities and private balconies. The restaurant serves a fantastic array of African and International cuisine. The Cocktail and Sedudu Bar is a great place to relax with a cocktail as the sun sets. The lodge is in Kasane, just 5 kilometres from Chobe National Park.
Chobe Savanna Lodge Chobe National Park
The Chobe Savanna is a luxury lodge with accommodation in thatched chalets, all of which have private terraces and air conditioning. Within the beautifully maintained gardens in the grounds sits a swimming pool, where guests often soak after a day exploring the bush in the fierce African sun. From the main building a 270 degree vista of the Chobe River and the surrounding National Park can be seen, making this part of the accommodation the most popular among visitors.
Chobe National Park Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Chobe National Park.