CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Chobe is one of the best parks in Africa for elephant herds. Towards the end of the dry season the Chobe River is the only source of water in the area and estimates put elephant numbers at an awe-inspiring 120,000! Resident game here is also superb; buffalo and lion being especially prolific. The boating safaris on the river here are some of the very best in Africa.
Such close proximity to Victoria Falls means that Chobe is one of the continent’s most popular destinations for short safaris and African honeymoons. It is also an affordable park in comparison to Botswana’s typical high-end private reserves. However, the location and the value work to Chobe’s disadvantage, as the park gets very busy in some areas, especially around Kasane in the North East.
If you are on a high-end safari and are short of time, there’s an argument for missing Chobe, in favour of the Linyanti/Kwando/Selinda areas just to the West. However, there is nowhere else in the country with river safaris to beat those in Chobe, and it is possible to avoid the crowds in more remote parks of the park - you just need to know where to book!
We certainly believe that Chobe has more to offer than simply being a mainstream, commercial option and would urge our clients to dismiss these reports. To miss it out is actually quite a shame!
Chobe: Time of year to travel
July, August, September and October are peak season for the vast herds and the best time to be there. However, the river keeps an outstanding density of resident game throughout the year making Chobe one of Africa's most productive regions for game viewing at any time of the year.
Chobe: Accommodation choices
We split Chobe into two areas for accommodation - the riverfront and the Savute marsh area. For more information on the famous Savute area then read our Savute page. Chobe’s riverfront area is where the majority of the park’s lodges are based, specifically around Kasane, a town that serves as the gateway to the park. Here you will find large hotels and the busiest safari areas. Chobe Chilwero, run by Sanctuary lodges (A&K) is the most luxurious and best lodge in this area. Chobe Game Lodge is our favourite of the larger hotels due to its welcoming attitude to children, and there are a couple of lodges based on islands in the river itself that offer good boating trips but no game drives. However, move away from Kasane and you will find a couple of hotels that have virtually private game viewing areas and are a welcome break for the Kasane area - Muchenje is a great value option, a lovely homely lodge and often our number one choice in Chobe. We also recommend &Beyond’s Chobe Under Canvas, a luxury tented camp located away from the crowds. Chobe is a wonderful park in which to take an African Safari
Recommended lodges in this area:
Located on the Northern tip of Chobe National Park lies the 15 cottages of Chobe Chilwero. Set high up on the escarpment, the lodge commands fantastic views over the Chobe River.
This camp is run by &Beyond whose focus on quality food and drink as well as a high standard of guiding has meant that they are regarded as a company providing some of the best safari product in Africa.