Established in the 1930s, this was Botswana’s first reserve and today, it is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife sanctuaries in Africa with all manner of predators, plentiful antelope and some 440 recorded species of bird.
Most visitors to this 11,700km2 park stay aboard luxury houseboats or in well-established safari lodges around the Chobe River, which is very popular with large pachyderm family groups as well as buffalo and giraffe especially during the dry season. Birding in this area is of particular note, whilst the iconic Victoria Falls is just a little over an hour’s drive from many of the upscale properties on the riverfront.
River cruises are the highlight of a Chobe River safari – the best way to view a quintessential African sunset and to appreciate the diversity of species that inhabit this scenic ecosystem. Game drives are available from land-based lodges, whilst community visits may also be available depending on where you choose to stay.
In the park’s arid west is the Savute, an extremely rich wildlife area. This remote and rarely visited region boasts some of the country’s best predator-viewing especially when the waterway that feeds it has mostly dried up. Activities here are predominantly land-based centred around game drives and nature walks, with boating possible when water levels are high enough.