Baby elephant following adult elephant across the dirt road at Chobe National Park

Trips and Tours to Chobe National Park

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.

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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. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Chobe National Park on a bespoke touring itinerary to Botswana, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.

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Elephant Lodge Safari

7 days FROM R44,900
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Falls, Okavango & Windhoek

10 days FROM R25,900
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Windhoek, Okavango & Falls

10 days FROM R25,900
EssentialsSan Bushmen | Botswana | Africa

Falls to Namibia

10 days FROM R7,500
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Botswana Lodge Explorer

11 days FROM R52,900
EssentialsVictoria Falls | Zimbabwe & Zambia | Africa

Falls to Joburg

12 days FROM R10,500
HandpickedChobe Boat Cruise | Botswana | Africa

Botswana Untouched

13 days FROM R70,900
EssentialsRhinos | African Safaris | Africa

Zimbabwe to Zanzibar

16 days FROM R14,500
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Zanzibar to Zimbabwe

16 days FROM R14,500
EssentialsZebras drinking | African Safaris | Africa

Cape to Falls

22 days FROM R14,500
EssentialsWestern Cape Beach | South Africa | Africa

Falls to Cape

22 days FROM R14,500
EssentialsRunning Cheetah | African Safaris | Africa

Wildlife Express

22 days FROM R18,900
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Falls, Deltas and Dunes

22 days FROM R55,900
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Dunes, Deltas and Falls

22 days FROM R55,900
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Cape, Namibia & Falls

24 Days FROM R88,900
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Falls, Namibia & Cape

24 Days FROM R88,900
EssentialsLeopard in a tree | African Safaris | Africa

Kenya to Kruger

33 days FROM R25,500
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Kruger to Kenya

33 days FROM R25,500
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Big Five Safari Explorer

36 days FROM R31,900
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An African Adventure

37 days FROM R27,500
EssentialsTable Mountain | Cape Town | South Africa | Africa

Kenya to Cape

43 days FROM R31,900
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Cape to Kenya

43 days FROM R31,900
EssentialsZebras | African Safaris | Africa

The Big Overlander

47 days FROM R39,900
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Great African Expedition

57 days FROM R46,500
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