Chobe

Famous for its huge elephant herds, a Chobe National Park safari provides a wildlife oasis, offering some of the best game viewing in Africa. This is big game country in the extreme and an old safari spot with plenty of history: visited by Livingstone in the mid - 1800's and a onetime favourite for big game hunters.

Sunset cruise on the Chobe Spot impressive fish eagle on a Chobe safari Ntwala Island Lodge
  • Some of the best game viewing in Africa, particularly during the dry season
  • Elephant herds in their thousands
  • Sunset cruises and boat safaris along the Chobe River, watching the wildlife come down to the water to drink
  • Some of Africa's largest lion prides (up to 30 individuals)
  • The chance to immerse in local culture with village visits
  • Fishing for tiger fish

Today, the park's population of elephants, estimated to number 60,000, share pride of place with enormous herds of buffalo and some of the largest prides of lion in Africa (up to 30 individuals in some cases). Keep your eyes peeled for fascinating birdlife too, African skimmers and fish eagles are species to watch out for; one of the best ways to see them is with boat trips along the Chobe River.

While much of the Park is devoid of water during the dry season, the permanent water courses of the Chobe and Linyanti river systems ensure incredible levels of game viewing at this time of year. Countless numbers of wildlife come down to drink during the heat of the day, lining the river banks. Game drives are a staple part of exploring the region, while ardent fishermen can plunder the river depths. Cultural visits to local villages are perhaps one of the best ways to experience the human aspect of the Chobe.

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