Why is Chobe so Magnificent
|Elephants are the star attraction at Chobe although visitors can expect to see a multitude of different species within Botswana’s original and most popular national park.
Here, in the country’s lush northeastern bounds one can realistically anticipate spotting lions, cape buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, hippos, crocodiles, storks, bee-eaters and eagles to name but only a few.
Created in 1968, the park can roughly be divided into three distinct areas.
In the North it is bound by the mighty Chobe river from which it takes its name. This area, known as the Chobe Riverfront is one of the gems of African safari. During the dry season between June and October, great herds of elephants and buffalo gather to drink near the river and the entire area teems with water birds. River cruises allow close-up views of some of the mightiest mammals on the planet.
To the Northwest the Linyanti Marshes run alongside the Linyanti river and the Namibian border. With its areas of swamp, marshland and river, this region is in some respects a miniature of the much larger Okavango delta to the West. Linyanti is relatively remote and has a peaceful feel, although it can still boast huge concentrations of diverse wildlife and is the best place in Botswana to sight African wild dogs.
Further South, lies the Savuti Marsh, all that remains of an ancient mega-lake. This area is known for its erratic pattern of drought and flood with alternating dry and wet cycles lasting as long as 25 years. Big predators abound here with lions, hyenas and cheetahs lying in wait for spectacular migrations of wildebeest and zebra.
Chobe’s varied terrain and diverse habitats and its proximity to Victoria Falls make it an ideal introduction to the many wonders of African safari.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR Chobe
Chobe Game Lodge
Perfectly situated on the banks of the Chobe River, the 5-star Chobe Game Lodge has full eco-grading and is the only permanent lodge within the boundaries of Chobe National Park. The lodge has a total of 44 guest rooms and suites, each with a private terrace facing the Chobe River and equipped with all the […]
Berthed at the entrance to the Chobe National Park and only 70km upstream from Victoria Falls, this small fleet of three houseboats provide the perfect destination for a unique water-based safari. The houseboats contain four or five cabins, generously equipped and each with large sliding windows that frame the changing African landscapes perfectly. Each cabin […]
Muchenje Safari Lodge
Muchenje Safari Lodge is situated on the quieter, western side of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, overlooking the Chobe River, and its impressive flood plains. The lodge is made up of 11 thatched private cottages, 10 suitable for two people with king size or twin beds, and one family unit with mezzanine level for up to […]