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description - the chobe national park

Chobe is the best known of all Botswana's parks. The national park is the second largest in Botswana (11,700 sq km) and named after the river Chobe which forms the northern boundary of the park. The river has its origins in Angola, where it is known as the Kuando. After entering Botswana, the Kuando River becomes the Linyanti and only near Ngoma Gate it becomes the Chobe. The Chobe meets with the Zambezi River near Kazangula at the border of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Savuti area is situated between the Chobe River and the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. It is a fascinating wildlife region that offers great game viewing and safari opportunities.

The Chobe river serves as the main water source for the wildlife and birdlife in the area. This has made game viewing by boat a highlight and a 'must-do' on any Botswana itinerary. The Chobe area offers a number of up-market game lodges, hotels and camps as well as camping facilities. Kasane is the main arrival point for visitor exploring northern Botswana it has an airport and good road network. The Chobe area is mostly visited in combination with the Okavango Delta and Linyanti. The sunsets are exquisite during the winter months (June to August).

An added advantage at Chobe is that neighbouring Zimbabwe and Zambia's main attraction, the Victoria Falls, lies just over the northern border with Botswana, merely an hour's drive away. On the 3rd November 1855, Livingstone and 114 porters left the Linyanti River to follow the Zambezi to its mouth on the east coast - a journey of 1600km (1000 miles). On 16th November 1855, the explorer and his entourage arrived at the Mosi-oa-Tunya Falls or "the smoke that thunders". Half a mile (800m) from there Livingstone changed his canoe for a lighter dugout manned by natives who were well acquainted with the rapids. The explorer later wrote in his diary this powerful description - "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight. He named these waters "Victoria Falls" as a mark of respect for his sovereign, Queen Victoria. The falls, so rugged in their beauty and brilliance, are one of the wonders of the world.

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mammals of the chobe national park

The Chobe River supports the largest concentration of elephant found anywhere in Africa and it is not uncommon to encounter herds in excess of a hundred. The elephants leave the river for the southern region of the park during the rainy season (December to March) at the time when food and water is freely available inland. Chobe is also famous for it huge herds of buffalo, the Chobe bushbuck, and for being the southern-most point where puku can be seen.

Chobe has a good population of lion that are adept at ambushing the buffalo as they come onto the mainland from the floodplains.

birds of the chobe national park
The birdlife on the Chobe river is amazing with African Skimmers, Fish Eagles, herons, darters, plovers, kingfishers and many more feeding off the rich floodplains and its waters. Bird watching from a boat is very rewarding and gives you close access to the many bird species in this wilderness area. The Savuti area has been dry for many years but in recent seasons the water has returned to the Savuti channel, and with it the magnificent birdlife of Africa.
access to the chobe national park
The Chobe National Park is accessible with 4x4 vehicle only, and many self drive travelers take the route between Maun and Kasane via Moremi and Savuti. Always allow sufficient time to travel the different legs of this route, to give you time to enjoy the game viewing and for possible bad sections on the road that include thick sand, mud and water.
reservations for chobe
All campsites must be prebooked through Botswana Wildlife reservations office or Botswana Tourism's office in Gaborone. You cannot arrive at the gate and request a campsite. There are luxury lodges situated in different areass across Chobe National Park. These are accessible by small aircraft from Maun or Kasane. If prearranged and booked, a self drive traveler can include a night or two at these lodges along the way.
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Allesandro Marocelli, Spain

28 July 2011
The highlight of our Botswana safari was the boat cruise on the Chobe river. We experienced a 'wildlife show' like I've never expected! Hundreds of elephant came down to the river for a drink. Large bull elephants and breeding herds with very young ones enjoyed the cool river, swimming, playing and drinking. Our guide spotted a pride lions that wanted to quench their full review
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