The Chobe National Park is one of the most popular game reserves in Botswana. Situated in the far north of Botswana, Chobe includes the Savute and Linyanti regions which are known for high concentrations of lion and elephant. However, Chobe is best known for the Chobe River floodplain, where herds upon herds of animals gather in the dry season between June and October. The game reserve is most easily accessed from Kasane, a town just to the east of the park on the banks of the Chobe River, close to the border with Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.
- Easy to get to from Kasane and Victoria Falls
- Excellent game viewing
- Best boat-based game viewing in the world
- Various lodges inside and outside the national park
- Large elephant herds and other animals, especially during the dry season
Chobe National Park in northern Botswana is a vast game reserve, and parts of it are very remote. Yet it can be easily accessed from Kasane, and it is a popular day-trip destination for visitors from the Victoria Falls area (just over an hour away).
Chobe National Park has a few distinct areas which are best for game viewing such as the centrally situated Savute channel, the remote Linyanti and Nogatsaa regions, and the Chobe River area in the far north of the park.
The Savute Area
The Savute area has a number of great lodges and campsites, and the waterholes here attract large numbers of animals (including predators) especially in the dry season. Elephants are in abundance, and lions are often seen. There are a couple of permanent safari lodges in the Savute area, as well as mobile tented camps.
The Linyanti Region
A beautiful, unspoilt wilderness region to the west of Savute, the Linyanti has a number of upmarket camps and lodges.
The Chobe River Area
The Chobe River area offers the best boat-based game viewing in the world. You can cruise up and down the river and watch herds of elephant, buffalo, sable antelope, roan antelope, zebra, kudu, giraffe, impala, lechwe and puku come down to the river, particularly during the dry season from June to October. The birdlife is prolific, too, and the river is teeming with hippo and large crocodile. Game drives along the riverbank are particularly successful and often bring sightings of lion, leopard, hyena and wild dog. Cheetah are rare but they can be seen here, too. There is one permanent game lodge inside the national park in the Chobe River area, and a mobile tented camp and quite a few good quality lodges on the outskirts of the national park on the banks of the Chobe River. Game drives and boat cruises take place inside the game reserve, and the lodges outside offer an easy and affordable way to experience Chobe National Park.
To explore the lodges in Chobe National Park, have a look at our map below, or use the menu above to search for lodges in the Chobe National Park area. You can sort them by price if you like.
By road - Chobe National Park can be reached by road from Livingstone Airport in Zambia, Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe, or Kasane Airport in Botswana. Any of these airports are an easy two-hour flight from OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
By air - You can fly to Maun, Botswana, and take a short air-hop from there to your lodge in the Savute area. For experienced adventurers, it is possible to drive through Chobe National Park if you have lots of time, a 4x4 vehicle and a GPS.
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