Taking a safari in Chobe National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but many of our guests return again to re-live the sights and sounds of this magical part of the world. Chobe National Park is well known for the beautiful Savuti region, a definite highlight on our safari in Botswana. On our Chobe National Park safari, you will experience one of many natural phenomena, such as witnessing one of the largest elephant herds in the world, or possibly the annual zebra migration (one of the biggest drawing cards of this region). Chobe National Park is known to have a large numbers of predators, and for every Botswana safari we take, we hope to witness a predator in the hunt for prey. This excitement is carried with us when we explore the many areas of Chobe.
Chobe National Park is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square kilometres – proving a busy an expansive area of Botswana, teeming with life and beauty. Chobe National Park boasts one of the largest concentrations of game found on the African continent, and also has four distinctly different eco systems: Serondela with lush plains and dense forests in the extreme north-east River area; the Savuti Marsh area in the west; the Linyanti Swamps in the north-west and the hot dry surroundings in between the other three. The heat of the African sun will soak into your bones as you travel with us on our Botswana safari, taking in the fresh air and peaceful surroundings of the quiet African bush lands.
The original inhabitants of Botswana were the San people – hunters and gatherers – who moved from one area to another, searching for water, food and wild animals. Other groups, the Basubiya and Batawana people later joined the San. The country was divided into various land tenure classifications, just over 100 years ago. The largest area, which is now Chobe National Park, was classified as crown land. In 1931, the idea of creating a national park in Botswana was presented in order to protect the wildlife from extinction but it was not officially named a Game Reserve until 1960. Seven years later, the reserve was declared a national park, and the boundaries have been expanded considerably since that time.
Chobe boasts an exceptional elephant population, which has steadily increased over the last century, and is currently estimated at around 120,000. The Chobe elephants are migratory, making seasonal movements of up to 200 kilometers. The elephants move in the rainy season from the Chobe and Linyanti to the pans in the southeast of the park. Your guide will navigate through the park to find the best vantage point from which to view the animals.
In addition to the elephants, all other types of African wildlife can be seen on your Botswana safari, especially in the dry winter months. This is when great concentrations of elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, impala and others gather along the river to drink. On your Botswana safari you will also experience the incredible sounds of the African bush, such as the elephant trumpeting, the stampeding rush of the racing impala herd, the songs of the many birds of the African bush, and perhaps even the roar of the mighty lion. The Chobe National Park is a major safari destination for game viewing of every kind, and an incredible Botswana safaris experience not to be missed.
Please have a look at our Botswana Safaris below that offer you the chance to experience a Chobe National Park Safari of your own. We also have other Botswana Attractions that you might want to visit on your Botswana Safari.