Chobe National Park

Known for its large concentration of over 120 000 elephant the Chobe National Park is probably Botswana's most popular attraction. Chobe boasts the largest game concentration in Africa with high numbers of buffalo, antelope and predators. The rocky hills of the park tell stories of its past, when San hunter-gatherers roamed the land in search of food and water and painted details of their lives onto the walls of the caves they used as shelter. These paintings can still be seen today. The 10 566kmē of the park are divided into four distinctly different eco systems either lush plains and dense forest in the Serondela area, marshlands in the Savuti area, swamps in Linyanti and the hot dry hinterland in between.

The area named Savuti is known to have the best and most abundant game viewing in the park and if you allow yourself sufficient time (from 3 to 5 days) you will be able to spot nearly all major species of game. Savuti is famous for its resident lion and spotted hyena populations. While tucked up warm and cozy in bed at night one will often hear the roar of a nearby lion.

The park experiences just 2 seasons, the rainy season which occurs from November and March with its peak in January and February and the dry season from May to October. Both seasons offer very different game viewing experiences. In the rainy season wild flowers and birds are abundant and many animals give birth due to the increase in food and water. The roads do however become even more hazardous as they become slippery and muddy. The dry season causes the water in many watering holes to dry up and forces many animals to migrate towards the river. The dry season is the most popular time to visit the park with October being the best for game viewing, but also perhaps the most uncomfortable in terms of the extreme heat.

Four wheel vehicles are essential in the park with soft sands making driving extremely testing at times. The water in the park is also not always clean and should therefore always be boiled or chemically treated before consumption. Due to the swamps and marshlands malaria carrying mosquitoes are prevalent and visitors are advised to take anti-malaria precautions before, during and for 4 weeks after visiting the park; especially during the rainy season.

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Chobe National Park
Elephant standing gaurd