Chobe National Park is also known as ‘the Land of Giants’ due to its large elephant population. It is a 12 000km sq area of diverse landscapes and ecosystems. As Botswana’s first-ever national park, it holds historical, natural, and geographical interest. Its northeastern corner meets with Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zambia – the only place in the world where four countries meet. Animals move freely between the countries, making the area a busy animal intersection.
The main focus of the national park is the Chobe River – life source for wildlife and therefore a visual feast for safari seekers. Thousands of elephants, hundreds of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, kudu, lion, and even leopard can be expected to be seen on a game drive through the national park. The buffalo and elephant are also known to swim to nearby islands, lush with vegetation, and safe from predators on the mainland. The wildlife can be experienced both by classic safari vehicle and boat cruise – each offering up-close encounters with nature. The game in Chobe is very relaxed, allowing intimate viewings from both land and water.
Kasane is the main gateway to the national park, as well as on the border of Zimbabwe. The border is a mere 70 km drive to the famous Victoria Falls, locally known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – the Smoke that Thunders. One may take a day trip to Victoria Falls, to walk the rainforest and witness the waterfall, go bungee jumping, white water rafting or take a helicopter ride over the ‘Smoke that Thunders’