Chobe National Park

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About Chobe National Park

The Chobe is one of Africa’s magical rivers, and the best way to explore Chobe NP is by boat. In the late afternoon, big herds of elephant and buffalo come to drink at the river, and seeing elephants swim across it is a real treat. There are hippo and croc, and the birdlife is just phenomenal. Predator sightings are easier on a game drive. Lion, leopard and wild dog are all present in good numbers.

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Pros and Cons
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Four of the Big Five present and easily seen (rhino is absent)
  • Ideal birding destination, especially for waterbird
  • Game drives and boat safaris available
  • Ideal self-drive destination
  • Most accommodation is outside the park
  • The river gets very busy with safari boats in the afternoon
  • Very hot in summer
  • Limited safari circuits inside the park


Chobe offers great wildlife viewing. The park is renowned for big concentrations of elephant and buffalo that come to drink at the river. Other mammals that are usually spotted on the shore are bushbuck and puku. Lions often lie in ambush near the river waiting for an opportunity, but spotted hyena, leopard and cheetah are more easily seen inside the park. Rhino are absent.
More about Chobe's wildlife


Chobe’s lifeline is the Chobe River which lazily meanders through savannah and woodland, and the floodplains are usually dotted with animals. The interior is a patchwork of mopane woodland and flat Kalahari sandveld (dry, sandy soil). The Savuti Marsh is another landmark in the park. It is mostly dry, and it is often compared to the Serengeti Plains.

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By Sully858 from United StatesUS
 14 Jul 2017Reviewed:

Get on the river! Whatever you do be sure to take a pontoon boat ride at sunset. It's incredible. We saw Crocs on the river bank, Bald Eagles in the trees, Elephants drinking from the river, pods of Hippos, Water Buffalo, Impala and a bunch of birds.... Full review

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