Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

Things to do - general

The Chobe National Park is located in Botswana’s north eastern district. The Chobe River forms the park’s northern border. It is flanked in the south west by the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The Chobe Forest Reserve runs run parallel to the Zimbabwe border in the east. When in flood the Zambezi River pushes the Chobe River back on itself and links with the Linyanti River. The eco system forms a biosphere very unique in Africa.

From its north-east entry gate, it’s less than 100 km to the Victoria Falls and Livingstone. Chobe National Park is the ideal location for any visitor interested in a combination of the natural wonder of the Victoria Falls and magnificent wildlife sightings. The nearest town to the park is called Kasane.

Kasane is the perfect town to start and end your Botswana safari. The Kasane airport allows for connecting flights to some of the best wildlife destinations in Botswana. All flying safaris can be joined via Kasane airport. Botswana is rated one of the world’s best wildlife destinations. Very few countries in the world offers the diversity that Botswana and its natural resources of wildlife has to offer.

Chobe National Park gate times:
May – September: 06:00 – 18:30
October – April: 05:30 – 19:00 

Country Botswana

Sports & nature

The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephants and cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. During this season, on an afternoon game drive, you may see hundreds of elephants at one time. You may be surrounded by elephants, as the main Serondella road becomes impassable and scores of family herds cross the main road to make their way to the river to drink, bathe and play. Driving the loops that hug the river’s edge, you may see up to 15 different species of animals on any one game drive, including waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Take a river cruise – and you’ll experience the park, and the animals, from another vantage point. Here you’ll get up close and personal with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds.Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11 7 00 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. There are four distinct geographical areas in the park: the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuté and Linyanti. The original inhabitants of this area were the San bushmen (also known as the Basarwa people in Botswana). They were nomadic hunter-gatherers who were constantly moving from place to place to find food sources, namely fruits, water and wild animals. Nowadays one can find San paintings inside rocky hills of the park. At the beginning of the 20th century, the region that would become Botswana was divided into different land tenure systems. At that time, a major part of the park's area was classified as crown land. The idea of a national park to protect the varied wildlife found here as well as promote tourism first appeared in 1931. The following year, 24,000 km² around Chobe district were officially declared non-hunting area; this area was expanded to 31,600 km² two years later. In 1943, heavy tsetse infestations occurred throughout the region, delaying the creation of the national park. By 1953, the project received governmental attention again: 21,000 km² were suggested to become a game reserve. The Chobe Game Reserve was officially created in 1960, though smaller than initially desired. In 1967, the reserve was declared a national park. At that time there were several industrial settlements in the region, especially at Serondela, where the timber industry proliferated. These settlements were gradually moved out of the park, and it was not until 1975 that the whole protected area was exempt from human activity. Nowadays traces of the prior timber industry are still visible at Serondela. Minor expansions of the park took place in 1980 and 1987.Culture and history image
Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Game Lodge

, Chobe National Park
The only permanent game lodge situated within the famous Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is Bo More info
Elephant Valley Lodge

Elephant Valley Lodge

, Chobe National Park
Elephant Valley Lodge lies between the Chobe National Park in Botswana and the equally impressive Ma More info
Mwandi View Chobe - Camping

Mwandi View Chobe - Camping

, Chobe National Park
Mwandi View Chobe is uniquely different to the conventional Chobe get-away. Ideally situated along t More info
Savute Safari Lodge

Savute Safari Lodge

, Chobe National Park
Savute Safari Lodge is an intimate game lodge situated within the Chobe National Park and forms part More info
SKL Groups - Savuti Camp Sites

SKL Groups - Savuti Camp Sites

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Savuti is known for its excellent game and offers good sightings throughout the year. Within the par More info

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