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Chobe Budget Safari Tours

4.5/5  –  217 Chobe Reviews

Chobe National Park is one of southern Africa’s best parks. It’s famous for its large herds of really big elephants, and travelers often report seeing lots of big cats in the park. It’s an excellent place for a budget safari because it’s one of few destinations in northern Botswana (one of the richest wildlife terrains in the country) that’s entirely accessible by road. This means that you won’t have to pay a lot for air transfers or for otherwise getting around by plane. There’s so much here to look forward to, but Chobe riverfront, close to Kasane, is a fantastic place to go looking for animals, and Savuti is a beautiful place known for its big cats.

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5 Questions About Chobe Budget Safaris


5 Questions About Chobe Budget Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

What type of accommodation can I expect on cheap Chobe National Park packages?

“There’s plenty of cheap or budget accommodation in Kasane, the gateway town to Chobe National Park in the far northeast of Botswana. The options include campsites and budget rooms, many of which are delightfully close to the riverbank. Some of these places also have communal cooking and dining areas. This might be helpful at the start and end of your trip. Kasane also serves as a base for visiting nearby Chobe riverfront. That means you can go looking for wildlife for the day in an area not known for its camping possibilities and return to Kasane by day’s end. Farther afield in Chobe, the Savuti region has plenty of camping facilities. Most often these will have allocated campsites, close to a communal building with toilets and showers. These are used by those on self-drive and budget group safaris. Savuti also has a handful of cheaper tented camps, although these are more likely to be in the mid-range (rather than budget) price category.”


What are the pros and cons of a self-drive Chobe budget safari?

“In my mind, there’s no better way to explore and enjoy your holiday in Chobe National Park than self-driving. A self-drive budget safari is a fantastic way to explore the park because it gives you so much freedom and control over your own safari. You’re the one who makes the decisions, including when to move on and when to stay at wildlife encounters or beautiful views. There are also numerous possibilities for such safaris, including camping in a fully equipped 4WD camper, or staying in tented camps or lodges and just driving between them. Either way, your tour operator will organize everything and provide you with an itinerary. The disadvantages of a self-drive Chobe safari are minor. For example, you won’t have a guide to explain things to you as you go, and you won’t share the road with other safari travelers. But these are generally minor concerns when compared to the freedom you can enjoy by driving yourself out into the African wilds.”


How do I avoid the crowds on a Chobe safari?

“One of the best ways to avoid the crowds on your trip is to go as far into Chobe National Park as you can. This means spending time in Savuti and the surrounding area, which is limited in how many people can visit at any one time by the fact that there aren’t many places to stay. Chobe riverfront is nearly always busy and it’s almost impossible to avoid the crowds there: you should still plan to visit, but be aware that it’s not a wilderness experience. There are also plenty of trip packages outside of the busy months. It gets particularly busy between July and October. Late May or any time in June can be quieter and cheaper and the weather is also usually fine during these months. Other times of the year can also be fine (and are certainly less busy).”


How much does a Chobe budget safari cost?

“If you’re planning a cheap or affordable Chobe safari, you can expect to pay at least US$100 to US$150 per person per day. Unlike parks in East Africa, park fees here (around US$10 per person per day) aren’t too expensive and don’t add considerably to the overall price of your safari. At the cheaper end of the scale, you may be expected to pitch in with chores around camp. These might include setting up and taking down tents, cooking, washing up, and similar tasks. If you pay a little more, it may be because the tour operator is sending more staff to carry out these chores. One of the biggest costs on many Botswana safari packages are the air transfers. If your safari does include a flight in a small plane (into Savuti, for example), ask if it’s possible to get there by road or 4WD track instead. This is more likely to be an option the more time you have for your safari.”


Are there cheap safaris from Victoria Falls to Chobe available?

“Yes, it is possible to combine Victoria Falls with a Chobe National Park budget safari, and many operators offer these kinds of packages. Visiting both of these destinations makes for a truly wonderful trip, combining as they do two of southern Africa’s most interesting attractions. It’s also possible to make this happen in an affordable way. By road, Victoria Falls is less than 100km/62mi from Kasane. Although the international border crossing between Botswana and Zimbabwe can take a little time, the journey is still easily accomplished in a few hours. This means that you don’t need to pay for an expensive flight between the two. Best of all, the Zimbabwean part of the journey will usually take you through Zambezi National Park. There are also plenty of cheap places to stay in both destinations.”


Chobe Reviews

4.5/5 217 Reviews
Emma Gregg  –  
United Kingdom UK

Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.

Crowds of elephants and zebras, a short hop from Victoria Falls

I consider Chobe one of the very best safari destinations, not just in Botswana, but in the entire continent. Whatever the season, a game drive or a leisurely boat trip in this large and fascinatingly diverse park count among Africa’s...

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James Bainbridge  –  
United Kingdom UK

James is a travel writer and author of many Lonely Planet guides, including senior author of the guide to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Green plains covered with wildlife

For even the oldest safari hands, arriving at the Chobe riverfront is a 'wow' moment. Herds of elephant cross the placid waters, giraffes munch riverside trees and, stretching out towards the horizon and the Namibian border, zebras,...

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Chris  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Jul 11, 2020
Paradise on Earth

Myself and wife did a self drive in Chobe National Park beginning of May 2018. Oh my god! I've never experienced anything like it. We saw so many beautiful animals and it felt untouched. The highlight was getting stuck between a hunting...

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Doug  –  
Canada CA
Reviewed: Nov 4, 2019
Second time in Chobe, amazing

We came to Chobe three years ago, in May. Saw very little, but still enjoyed ourselves. This time, hundreds of elephants, breeding herds of buffalo, hippo, croc, sable, lechwe, puku, tsebee and more. Some lions right by the side of the...

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Daniel Seco  –  
Spain ES
Reviewed: Aug 24, 2019

The main reason is the famous one: there are more elephants here than anywhere in the world and you can see hundreds perhaps thousands at the same time. We saw a few of everything else too. our cook did good food, very private spaces to...

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denysdo  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Jul 18, 2019
Excellent wildlife density

Chobe National Park is one of the great natural reserves of Africa. It is a rather arid environment kept alive by the Chobe River which helps to concentrate wildlife and permits excellent viewing of large and small animals. Elephants,...

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