If you are on a high-end safari and are short of time, there’s an argument for missing out Chobe in favour of the Linyanti / Kwando / Selinda areas just to the west. However, Chobe's river safaris are the best in the country, and it is possible to avoid the crowds in more remote parks of the park - you just need to know where to go...
Chobe National Park: when to go
July, August, September and October are peak season for the vast herds and the best time to be there. However, the river supports an outstanding density of resident game throughout the year making Chobe one of Africa's most rewarding regions for game viewing at any time of the year.
The accommodation in Chobe falls into two categories - the riverfront and the Savute marsh area.
Chobe riverfront: where to stay
The majority of the park’s lodges are to be found in Chobe’s riverfront area, specifically around Kasane, which 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, however Chobe Game Lodge is our favourite of the larger hotels due to its welcoming attitude to children. There are also a couple of lodges set on islands in the middle of the river, that offer good boating trips but no game drives.
Away from busy Kasane there are a couple of hotels that have virtually private game viewing areas - of these Muchenje is a lovely homely lodge and a great value option, probably our number one choice in Chobe. We also recommend &Beyond’s Chobe Under Canvas, a luxury tented camp located away from the crowds.
Chobe Savute area: where to stay
There are three main camps in Savute worth considering: Savute Safari Lodge, Savute Elephant Camp and Savute Under Canvas. Of these, Desert and Delta’s Savute Safari Lodge has the best location on the edge of the Savute Marsh; you are never out of sight of an elephant when in camp. This is a 12-chalet lodge with a library, lounge and unbeatable views, and offers excellent value. Now with the return of the water to the channel and fertility to the area, this is definitely the camp of choice. Savute Elephant Camp, although in a good area, does not offer such good value.
As a mobile tented camp, &Beyond's Savute Under Canvas offers a rustic, adventurous safari experience and is a great economical option. The camp moves to a new area every five days and this is not 'camping' as most of us know it; the tents are six by four metres big, with bathrooms at the back and flushing lavatories. Best of all, the &Beyond guides are very experienced and absolutely superb.