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Bounded to the north by the Chobe River and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, Chobe is one of Southern Africa’s greatest national parks, and also one of its more accessible, since the substantial town of Kasane lies close to its eastern boundary and main entrance gate. The river dominates most visitors’ experience of Chobe, as many people stay at one of several excellent riverside lodges near Kasane, and use it as a base for joining boat trips and game drives into the park itself. The most conspicuous large mammals here are the large herds of elephant that aggregate along the riverbank (some 70,000 individual elephants make up a partially migratory ...

Bounded to the north by the Chobe River and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, Chobe is one of Southern Africa’s greatest national parks, and also one of its more accessible, since the substantial town of Kasane lies close to its eastern boundary and main entrance gate. The river dominates most visitors’ experience of Chobe, as many people stay at one of several excellent riverside lodges near Kasane, and use it as a base for joining boat trips and game drives into the park itself. The most conspicuous large mammals here are the large herds of elephant that aggregate along the riverbank (some 70,000 individual elephants make up a partially migratory population shared with Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Hippo are also present in large numbers, and game drives – along a road network that follows the river closely – often yield sightings of lion, leopard and other large predators. Chobe is an important stronghold for the localized puku antelope, and it also offers superb birding, with 450 species recorded.

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Philip Briggs has written or contributed to 50-plus editions of Bradt, Insight, AA and Berlitz guidebooks to African destinations.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa.
  • Language: Setswana, Kalanga, Sekgalagadi and English
  • Currency: Botswana Pula
  • Research: Wikipedia

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Game viewing is OK throughout the year but best towards the end of the dry season, from June to September. Birding is best from November to March.