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. Experience this and more during your Botswana safari in Chobe National Park.

Chobe National Park consists of three distinct game regions. Each region corresponds to a particular ecosystem. In Savute, you'll find extensive zebra-heavy savannas and rolling grasslands. In Lanyanti, the bird-filled lagoons are the draw. Finally, the all-encompassing floodplains of the Chobe River, which form the park's northern boundary, are a favorite watering spot for large herds of elephants. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of elephants at a time. You may even find yourself surrounded by scores of family herds making their way to the river to drink, bathe, and play. 

The Elephant Capital of Africa

Chobe National Park, the jewel of Botswana's wildlife sanctuaries, holds the title of being the elephant capital of Africa. This magnificent park is home to an estimated 50,000 to a staggering 70,000 individuals. These gentle giants roam freely within the park's boundaries, captivating visitors on a Botswana safari with their sheer size and majestic presence.

Imagine the awe-inspiring sight of hundreds of elephants grazing peacefully on the lush grasslands, their trunks swaying in unison. The Chobe River, a lifeline for the park's inhabitants, draws these magnificent creatures to congregate, quench their thirst, and bathe in its refreshing waters. Witnessing these colossal beings interact with each other and their environment is an experience that leaves an indelible mark on the soul.

Chobe National Park Botswana: Wildlife Sightings Beyond Elephants

In addition to elephants, Chobe National Park Botswana is home to a wide variety of other wildlife, including lions, buffalo, leopards, and zebras. These animals can be seen on safari throughout the park, but some are more common in certain areas. Lions are often seen in open grasslands, while buffalo are more likely to be found in dense forests. Leopards are the most elusive of the big cats, but they can be spotted in riverine forests. Zebras can be seen in large herds on the open plains.

Chobe National Park is also home to the endangered African wild dog, the shy sable antelope, and the majestic roan antelope. The park is also home to over 450 species of birds, including the iconic African fish eagle, the colorful lilac-breasted roller, and the tiny pygmy falcon. With such a diverse range of wildlife, Chobe National Park offers an unforgettable safari experience for visitors from around the world.

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Visitors to Chobe National Park can enjoy a variety of activities, including game drives, boat cruises, and walking safaris. Game drives are the most popular way to see wildlife, and they offer the chance to get up close to the animals. Boat cruises are a great way to see the park from a different perspective, and they offer the chance to see hippos, crocodiles, and other aquatic wildlife. Meanwhile, walking safaris are a more intimate way to experience the park. They offer the chance to see smaller animals that are often missed on game drives and boat cruises.

When to Visit Chobe National Park

While this sanctuary can be explored on a Botswana luxury safari year-round, its true splendor unfolds during the dry season, from May to October.

As the ephemeral waters recede, the Chobe River emerges as a lifeline, drawing herds of hundreds of elephants to its banks. This spectacle of nature unfolds as the gentle giants converge, transforming the serene waters into a magnificent stage. 

During this extraordinary time, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts are presented with exceptional opportunities to capture the elephants. With patience and a discerning eye, visitors may witness heartwarming interactions between mothers and calves and the intricate social dynamics within the herds. The sheer multitude of elephants congregating at the Chobe River during this season is astounding. 

While the dry season shines as the prime time for elephant encounters, the wet season from November to April paints the park in a verdant tapestry, attracting a kaleidoscope of migratory birds and showcasing the resilience of its ecosystems. This transformation brings forth an increased activity among predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs seeking shelter from the rains and hoping to capitalize on the abundance of herbivore populations.

Regardless of the season, Chobe National Park Africa stands as a sanctuary for wildlife, promising an unforgettable luxury Botswana safari. 

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Where to Stay for the Ultimate Safari Experience

There are a variety of lodges and camps to choose from within Chobe National Park, each offering a unique experience. Some lodges are located right on the riverfront, offering stunning views of the Chobe River and the wildlife that frequents it. Other lodges are located in more remote areas of the park, offering a more exclusive and intimate experience. Meanwhile, the Zambezi Queen travels the Chobe River, offering superb vantage points to take in the unique African surrounds. 

No matter what type of Botswana safari experience you're looking for, you're sure to find it in Chobe National Park. With its abundant wildlife, stunning scenery, and luxurious lodges and camps, Chobe National Park is the perfect place to experience the magic of Africa.

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Zambezi Queen

Planning your Botswana Luxury Safari in Chobe National Park

Temperatures can vary greatly throughout the day. When packing for your safari, bring comfortable clothing that can be layered. You should also bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Binoculars are also essential for spotting wildlife.

Finally, don't forget to bring your camera! You'll want to capture the memories of your Chobe safari to share with friends and family. For a full packing list, you can find a men's and women's safari packing list on our blog.

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