Chobe National Park

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About Chobe National Park

The Chobe is one of Africa’s magical rivers. 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 hippos and crocs 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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11,700km² / 4,517mi²
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916-1,102m / 3,005-3,615ft
Pros and Cons
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Four of the Big Five present and easily seen (rhino is absent)
  • Great birding destination, especially for waterbirds
  • Game drives and boat safaris available
  • Great 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. Rhinos 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. 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 hjreitsma from NetherlandsNL
 10 Jun 2017Reviewed:

Lots of hyppo's, elephants and other wildlife (verry close to the hotel)

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