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Chobe Camping Safaris

4.5/5  –  217 Chobe Reviews

A camping safari in Chobe National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This vast wilderness is one of Africa’s top wildlife destinations. You can leave the logistics to the professionals when booking an organized trip or, if you’re feeling very adventurous, you might want to embark on a self-drive camping safari. The park has three distinct sections; Chobe riverfront, Savuti and Linyanti Marshes. Each area has its own campsite. Most people visit the popular riverfront area, famed for its huge elephant herds and great general wildlife viewing. While staying in the park is very special, the riverfront area can also be visited from several campsites outside the park in or near Kasane.

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6 Questions About Chobe Camping Safaris


6 Questions About Chobe Camping Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

What are the pros and cons of a camping safari in Chobe?

“A camping safari is perhaps the most authentic way to experience Chobe’s wilderness. Sleeping under canvas and sitting around a campfire at night make you feel close to nature. Camping safaris can also represent very good value. There are some well-priced lodgings in Kasane, outside the park, but if you prefer to stay inside the park, close to the action, camping is really the only budget option. Of course, camping isn’t everybody’s idea of a holiday. Even on a well-organized camping trip, you need to be willing to make do without all the usual creature comforts. And while many people love the food prepared by the experienced camping chefs, meals are usually simple compared to the fare dished up in upmarket lodges.”


What facilities can I expect to find in the campsites?

“The three campsites in Chobe NP are relatively basic. You get an allocated camping spot with a barbeque and access to an ablution block. The good news is that safari outfitters will bring everything to make your camping experience comfortable. Self-drive visitors need to be fully self-sufficient. There are several other campsites outside the national park, especially in and around Kasane. Some have a lovely location on the Chobe riverfront. These campsites usually have better facilities, especially when the grounds are affiliated to a lodge. Another advantage of staying in the Kasane area is that you have access to shops and restaurants. ”


Should I camp inside or outside Chobe?

“There are advantages in camping both inside and outside Chobe NP. Camping inside Chobe NP is a magical experience. There is one campsite in each section of the park (Chobe riverfront, Savuti and Linyanti Marshes). All three campsites are in good locations, with fine views. Most popular is the Ihaha Campsite on the Chobe riverfront. It’s a very convenient base for game drives in the wildlife-rich riverfront area, and you’ll even see lots of animals at the camp. Chobe is very popular with day-trippers staying in Kasane and coming from Victoria Falls (Vic Falls). Therefore the northern gate to the park gets very busy. When staying inside, you don’t need to line up to get in and you’re away from the crowds all starting their safaris at the entrance gate at opening time. There is, however, limited space in the campsites located inside the park, and you might have to book a year in advance to secure a spot. People with small children sometimes prefer to camp outside the park in a fenced campsite where kids can play freely without the danger of running into a wild animal. There are some other advantages to camping outside, such as easy access to restaurants and shops. Campers inside the park need to be fully self-sufficient.”


How much will this safari cost?

“The price of a 3-day Chobe camping safari ranges from US$400 to US$650 per person. Time and budget permitting, consider a 4-day camping tour to the park to visit both the popular riverside area and the more remote Savuti area. This costs around US$850 per person. Longer camping tours usually combine Chobe with some other highlights of the area. Seven-day packages cost between US$1,300 and US$2,800 per person. There is always a range of prices for camping trips. Shared tours are a bit cheaper than private tours, but the latter are more flexible and tend to be customized to your preferences. With camping, as with most things, you generally get what you pay for. Operators that provide more comfort, such as bigger tents, better beds and mattresses, superior food and better vehicles, tend to charge more than the budget operators. So, always find out what you are paying for and ask to see photos of the camping setup. ”


Is staying in a tent safe around wild animals?

“The campsites inside Chobe NP are not fenced, which adds to the wilderness appeal. Staying in a tent in unfenced campsites is safe as long as you listen to the instructions given by your guide. It’s an amazing experience to see animals walking through camp. Elephant are regular visitors and so are many harmless smaller creatures such as bushbuck and warthog. Never underestimate baboons as these intelligent primates get inventive when it comes to stealing food. Predators are usually shy and stay away from human activity. During the day, the guides will keep an eye on what is around so they can warn you when necessary. That said, once everybody has gone to bed, a leopard or even a pride of lions might walk past, leaving only a telltale track of paw prints to be discovered the next morning. As long as you stay in your tent at night, you’ll be safe. ”


When is the best time for a camping safari in Chobe?

“Chobe NP can be visited at any time of the year, but camping is generally most pleasant in the Dry season from May to October. This is also the best time for wildlife viewing, particularly in the popular riverfront area. The end of this period, August to October, is incredible as huge herds of elephants come to drink at the river. However, October can be oppressively hot. Note, though, that the Dry season is also the high season and the campsites are always busy at that time, especially those inside the park. Make sure to book long in advance. The remote Savuti Marsh area of the park is thrilling to visit in the Wet season, from November to March, when zebra and many other animals migrate here.”


Chobe Reviews

4.5/5 217 Reviews
Mark Eveleigh  –  
United Kingdom UK

Mark is a travel writer who grew up in Africa and has written over 700 titles for Condé Nast Traveller, Travel Africa, BBC Wildlife and others.

Spectacular landscapes, wonderful wildlife sightings and the 'gnarliest' elephants in Africa

We had been almost a month on a self-drive safari in Botswana and had had stunning wildlife sightings. The country had - once again - surpassed all expectations but we had one last aim. To see wild dogs would be the icing on the cake and we...

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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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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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