Chobe National Park

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Safaris to the Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park has one of the highest concentrations of big game in Africa. Flowing along the park’s northern boundary, the Chobe River attracts dry-season herds of up to a hundred elephant. Deeper in the reserve the Savuti Region is the hunting grounds of lion and wild dog. This is true big game country, where days are filled with thrilling activities and up-close wildlife sightings.

An estimated 70,000 elephant live in and around Chobe. During Botswana’s dry winter months great herds crowd the banks of the Chobe River, and the best way to view them is by boat. Imagine cruising past family herds with youngsters drinking at the water’s edge; there’s even a good chance you’ll see elephant swimming across the river – an unforgettable sight! Other wildlife dotting the riverbanks includes buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala and crocodiles lazing in the bright Botswana sunshine.

Most Chobe Lodges alternate their daily river cruises with guided game drives. On land you’ve got a better chance of tracking down the region’s predators with regular sightings of prides of lion and, if you’re lucky, leopard too. Between these activities it’s wonderfully relaxing just sitting on the deck of your riverside lodge, keeping your camera close at hand as there’s always something to see. You could even stay right on the water in one of the luxurious Chobe River Houseboats!

When planning your safari, remember that the dry season months of May to October are the best time to visit Chobe to see those famously large herds. For the remoter Savuti Region any time of year is great, in fact seasoned safari pros tend to prefer early summer as it’s the start of the zebra migration. When you travel may also depend on which other destinations you wish to visit: add on a few days in next-door Victoria Falls or a traditional tented camp in the Okavango Delta.

For some holiday inspiration take a look at a selection of our most popular Chobe tours and safaris. Or contact one of our Botswana travel experts and they’ll put together a fantastic itinerary with hassle-free logistics and accommodation carefully picked to suit your tastes and budget.

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1. Go On An River Safari

Small, manoeuvrable boats get you right up close to elephant and other herds gathered at the water’s edge. River safaris are a relaxing way to view big game and really great for photography too

2. Go On A Game Drive

Game drive vehicles are open-sided, giving you an unobstructed view. Led by your expert guide, you’ll set off along the riverbanks in search of lion, wild dogs and Chobe’s famous elephant herds.

3. Track Big Cats

Teeming with animals from gerbils to giraffes, the Kalahari is classic cat country. It’s Botswana’s best place for cheetah, home to impressively sized lions plus leopards & smaller felines – caracal & wild cat.

4. Go Bird Watching

The birdlife along Chobe River is spectacular! Listen to the cry of the fish eagle; see spoonbills and storks on the floodplains; the colourful flash of a kingfisher and flocks of carmine bee-eaters.

5. Take a Table for Two

Many of Chobe’s lodges are as famous for their romantic ambience as they are for their game viewing; intimate camps, luxurious honeymoon suites & plenty of private pampering.

6. Catch-and-Release Fishing

A few select lodges offer catch-and-release fishing in the Chobe River. If you’d like to spend an afternoon casting for bream or wrestling a toothy tiger fish, then come fishing in Botswana.

7. View Rock Art

Indigenous Khoisan hunters left their mark on the landscape: head for Chobe’s Ghoha Hills for well-preserved examples of ancient rock art, bought to life by local guides.

8. Visit Smoke that Thunders

Victoria Falls is only a 2-hour drive from the Chobe River. Pop across the border to either Zambia or Zimbabwe to see the thundering world wonder up close & personal.

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Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. She then coordinated our flights to and from the property, arranged the drivers necessary to get us from the airport to the lodge and back again, and sent the appropriate paperwork to each of us to verify each step of the process. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris
A great tour operator that was a pleasure to deal with.

We used Safari Online to put together a mid-range Botswana trip for a group of four going to three different camps and then onto Vic Falls. We asked several operators to provide options (through this great safari bookings website) and Walter Kohrs from Safari Online was easily the most responsive and quickest to provide different but realistic options and at good prices. In the end it was a no brainer to go with Safari Online. Walter always responded to my queries quickly, with honest and valuable responses that were clear and made sense. From our perspective he tailored a good mix of places for both our budget and standard of facilities that suited us perfectly, with enough information and links to help us make our decisions. In the end each camp was different and had different aspects and strengths that made each unique. We loved it.

Shane
Perfect

We are six older but experienced travellers who usually do our own planning. Luck led us to Safari Online and Walter. His ideas proved spot on. Throughout our planning Safari Online have been helpful, always answering emailed questions, no matter how basic, straightaway. We’ve had probably our best ever holiday in years of travel, everything went smoothly. Pickups and transfers were on time. Staff in all the places we stayed were friendly and helpful. I can’t think of one adverse remark except maybe seeing a lion that wasn’t asleep, though I think if it could have been arranged Walter would have done so.

Jennifer
Excellent service and support for our Africa vacation

Working with Walter was a great experience. He listened to us and helped us build a vacation that exceeded all of our expectations. We really appreciated his professionalism and attention to detail.

Dan
Above expectations

Excellent communications and service. We dealt with Sabrina and she is awesome. The safari tour was amazing, i can highly recommend going to Elephant Plains. Its a very special place run by awesome people.

Werner
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional.  Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Neena
They kept us fully informed and updated throughout planning, travel, etc.

It was excellent all around. Everything worked out well. An experience of a lifetime! The game viewing rides were fun and very informative.

Karen