Hippo standing in river, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park

Home to one of the largest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent, particularly elephants.

Although one of Botswana’s busiest parks, Chobe is definitely worth a visit for its sheer number of different habitats and immense big game population.

The park stretches from the northern tip of Botswana to the outskirts of the Okavango Delta, with the Chobe River running along the border to the north, separating it from Namibia.

Elephants roaming around the Chobe river in the Chobe National Park in Botswana, Africa
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Spectacular game viewing

From the floodplains that surround the river to the grasslands of the Savuti Marsh, a unique abundance of wildlife and birdlife can be seen here. Vast herds of elephant, sometimes five hundred or so strong, frequent the water’s edge making game viewing by boat spectacular.

Easy access

Access to the area is easy, with direct flights into Kasane from Johannesburg. Road transfers are possible from neighbouring Victoria Falls and Livingstone, making it ideal for those limited on time and wanting a short safari, or for a stopover en route to the Okavango Delta.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Savuti Camp £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Savuti Camp is situated in the Linyanti Concession along the dry Savute Channel in northern Botswana. There are seven walk-in tents, raised off the ground, a thatched dining area and bar; a plunge pool – a large viewing area with a fire pit overlooks the waterhole.

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Savute Safari Lodge £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Set beneath ancient camelthorn trees on the banks of the Savute Channel, this beautiful camp sits at the heart of the spectacular Savute area. Spread amongst this verdant landscape, it looks out towards lush grasslands that fill with zebras twice a year – as the migration enters the area.  

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Chobe Under Canvas £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Chobe under Canvas is set up in the best possible location, using only private campsites across the Chobe National Park. Offering a traditional bush experience with no mains electricity or running water, this semi-permanent camp is entirely intimate and exclusive. Each tent is spacious with double bed, ensuite bathroom, separate w.c., and al fresco bucket shower (hot water delivered upon request).

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