Located in the northern region of Botswana, Chobe National Park is one of the greatest wildlife destinations in all of Africa. Established in 1968, Chobe National Park was Botswana’s first national park and remains its third largest park at 4,100 square miles. Within its floodplains, swamps, and woodlands are some of the most biologically diverse concentrations of wildlife in the country, as well as the largest elephant population in all of Africa in both number and size.
Chobe National Park comprises three distinct game regions, each corresponding to a particular ecosystem: the extensive zebra-heavy savannas and rolling grasslands of Savute, the bird-filled lagoons of Linyanti, and the all-encompassing floodplains of the Chobe River, which forms the park’s northern boundary and is a favorite watering spot for large herds of elephants. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of elephants at a time and find yourself surrounded by scores of family herds making their way to the river to drink, bathe, and play. Also along the riverfront are plenteous waterbuck, giraffe, Cape buffalo, lechwe, puku, kudu, impala, warthog, monkeys and baboons, and accompanying predators of lion, leopard, hyena, and jackal, all of which can be seen on a single game drive.
Visitors of Chobe National Park have the opportunity to embark on unforgettable game drives promising incredibly intimate encounters with more than 75 species of mammals. A river cruise along the Chobe River brings with it a different vantage point, where guests can get up close and personal with the hippo, crocodile, and mind-boggling array of birds that reside within its waters. Night drives and intimate game walks take place on the concession with the constant assistance of skilled rangers and guides. Between drives and excursions, luxuriate beneath an ancient Baobab on the lodge’s main deck overlooking the river, or venture to the hide next to the waterhole to watch the game up close. As day turns to night the fire pit is ablaze and the telescopes on the main deck are ready to show you the endless stars above