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Chobe National Park Safari – Best places to go for wildlife

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Chobe National Park Safari – Best places to go for wildlife!

Chobe national park is one of the most famous and most accessible of the game reserves in Botswana, as it is easily reached from either Kasane or Victoria Falls – both of which, can be reached by flight from Joburg and other African flight hubs. So, some visitors with less time tend to include a short safari in Chobe national park as an easy to do add-on from Vic Falls. However, during your Botswana safari, we would encourage you to explore the full beauty of this wildlife sanctuary and have created our Top 3 things to do in Chobe, to help with your planning. We also provide crucial information on the ‘Best time to Visit Chobe national park for wildlife’ and ‘The Best Places to visit in Chobe national park for wildlife’


Top 3 things to do in Chobe National Park

Game Drive in Chobe national park – This amazing wildlife sanctuary in northern Botswana is famous for its huge herds of African Elephants and Cape Buffalo. During the dry season (July to October) these herds congregate along the beautiful Chobe River; which provides them with water throughout the season. It is not just the herds of Elephants (many large Tuskers!) and Buffalo who rely on the Chobe, but also many of the antelope species; such as Waterbuck, Lechwe, Puku, Giraffe, Kudu, Roan and Sable, Impala, Warthog, Bushbuck, Monkeys and Baboons. During your game drive in Chobe, you will be hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the parks many predators; including Jackals, Hyena, Leopards and Lions.

Boat safari on the Chobe River – a visit to Chobe national park would not be complete without a stunning boat safari on the Chobe River. This majestic river has travelled all the way from the Angolan hills to bring it life giving waters to the park and a river cruise provides you with a completely different perspective of the resident wildlife. You will pass by many Hippo’s and huge Crocs and find Elephants and Buffalo’s quenching their thirst. However, it is often the spectacular bird life which gets visitors excited and with nearly 500 species of birds recorded here; it is truly one of the best location for bird watching in Africa.

Visit Savute or Savuti in the heart of Chobe National Park – this is the true interior of Chobe and is known by safari aficionado’s, as one of the best game viewing locations in the whole of Botswana. Savuti area is by far one of the best areas to view lion and elephant and an area where countless wildlife documentaries have been filmed and also where the famous Marsh Pride of Savuti has become renowned and expert at hunting buffalo. The Savuti area is also home to many ancient San Bushman rock paintings and magnificent baobab tress, some over 2000 years old.

Best time to visit Chobe National Park

Chobe is a park for all seasons; as it does come alive with different ‘wildlife events’ in both the high and green seasons. Most visitors take advantage of the hot dry season, to view the vast herds of elephants, buffalo and antelope, which congregate along the Chobe River. We also see good wildlife concentrations in the Savuti area of Chobe, from May to October; which is famous for the huge Lion prides and enormous Bull Elephants. If you can handle the hotter weather in northern Botswana during the months of August, September and October on your Botswana wildlife holiday; then you are probably going to experience the best time of year for game viewing and photography.

However, the attractions of a green season safari in Botswana and a visit to Chobe national park should not be underestimated. This is the time for many Antelope species to give birth – in particular Impala – which creates an ideal hunting environment for Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs and other Botswana predators.

Best Botswana safari tours?

Since we have been designing bespoke wildlife safaris for 20 years, our whole ethos at Wildlife Trails is to find the right Botswana wildlife tour or safari for you. If you are looking for a budget Botswana safari then we would steer you toward our 12 day small group Botswana camping safari. Or, if you want to experience a little more luxury and avoid the long drives between game reserves, then why not check out our luxury Botswana fly-in safaris.

We are just an email away and will always respond within 48 hours to your enquiry. We also love to chat about Africa and its wildlife and can be reached on UK freephone 0800 999 4334 or US freephone 1 844 889 2193.

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