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Chobe National Park Highlights

Chobe National Park is Botswana's second largest national park and is one of Southern Africa's finest game sanctuaries. The Chobe River is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unspoiled rivers of Africa and it is a hub of wildlife activity.

The park spreads over 10,566 sq km of grassland, mopane and acacia terrain in the far north. It is home to a breath-taking variety of animals and birds; a combination of resident and seasonal species. Elephants dominate the land, while a whole host of water-loving wildlife flock to the riverbanks to drink.

Due to its close proximity to Victoria Falls (90 min drive), a Victoria Falls and Chobe sfari is a popular combination with visitors doing a day trip to see the FAlls. A variety of activities in Chobe National Park offer excitement for all sorts of guests, whether 4x4 game drives, or sunset river cruises are your thing. 

Pods of hippo, herds of buffalo and a range of antelope are almost as frequent as the famous elephants, while top predators like lion and leopard are never too far away.

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Chobe is best visited in the winter months from July to October when the animals flock to the river as the last remaining water source. During this time guests can expect to see huge herds of elephants.

Most of the safari lodges are located outside the borders of the park, and for game drives, guests will enter through the Chobe Park gate. 

The Chobe National Park is easily accessible from Victoria Falls and it is recommended that guests allow us to combine a Chobe and Vic Falls experience, to take full advantage of the area.

One of the best areas of Chobe is the Savute Marsh area where the renowned Savuti Channel has recommenced flowing after over 30 years of dryness. Here, lions are known to have specialised in killing elephants.

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Safari Lodges within Chobe National Park

Camp Savuti

Camp Savuti is located on the banks of the Savuti Channel. Guests are able to watch wildlife from the comfort of the camp, or even from their own private decks. The Savuti is well known in Botswana for some incredible wildlife.

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Chobe Chilwero

Chobe Chilwero is the most luxurious safari lodge in the Chobe area and has incredible views of the Chobe River. The lodge has 15 air conditioned suites and offers the full range of Chobe game viewing activities.

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Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Game Lodge is one of few safari options located within the borders of the Chobe National Park. It is a large lodge that is very well located on the banks of the Chobe river. It offers game drives and boating safari activities.

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Ngoma Safari Lodge

Ngoma Safari Lodge is located within the Chobe Forest Reserve and consists of eight large and luxurious river-facing suites. Ngoma Safari Lodge is 55 km from the nearest town, Kasane, and 135 km from the magnificent Natural Wonder of Victoria Falls.

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Zambezi Queen

This world-class house boat couples classic elegance with modern comforts, set to the backdrop of the famous Chobe River and the diverse wildlife that grace its banks. The boat offers a 5 star hotel experience in a truly wild environment.

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Muchenje Safari Lodge

Muchenje Safari Lodge enjoys a unique position to the west of Botswana’s famed Chobe National Park. Guests enjoy flexibility in terms of activities, and wonderful hospitality in an idyllic setting.

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Savute Safari Lodge

Savute Safari Lodge offers an excellent wildlife experience in the Savute Marsh area of Chobe National Park. Most of the chalets overlook the Savuti Channel where guests are often treated to incredible elephant sightings.

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Ghoha Hills Savuti

Savuti Ghoha Camp is perched on the Ghoha Hills, overlooking the vast expanse of the Savuti area of Chobe National Park. The elevated position of the camp offers breathtaking views, surely some of the very best in Botswana.

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Nogatsaa Pans

The only safari lodge in Chobe’s long forgotten Nogatsaa/Tchinga region, Nogatsaa Pans Lodge occupies a remote and exclusive position overlooking a pan. A luxury lodge built and operated by the owners of Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge.

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Chobe Water Villas

An exceptional Namibian establishment on the banks of the Chobe River at the top of the Zam-bezi Region where luxuriously adorned suites overlook the wildlife activity on the opposite bank. Daily boat cruises and game drives in Chobe National Park complete the experience.

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Camp Kuzuma

Camp Kuzuma is the newest private and exclusive safari lodge to open in the Chobe region. Situated 65km outside of Kasane in the pristine Kuzuma Forest Reserve the lodge offers a unique Botswana experience not found in this area.

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Chobe under Canvas

Chobe Under Canvas is offers a superb Chobe safari experience on the banks of the Chobe river within the National Park. Children of 12 years and older are welcome, however if groups book exclusive use of the camp, all ages are accepted.

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Ichingo River Lodge

Located on the banks of the Chobe River on Namibia’s Impalila Island, Ichingo is a family-friendly safari spot ideally equipped for tiger fishing and boat cruises that invite excellent game viewing and bird watching along the river.

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Serondela Lodge

Serondela Lodge is a new tented camp located on the Namibian banks of the renowned Chobe River. It has 8 tents including a family room, all of which enjoy views onto the famous Serondela viewing point of Chobe National Park.

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Elephant Valley Lodge

Elephant Valley Lodge lies between the Chobe National Park in Botswana and the equally impressive Matetsi wildlife conservancy, south of the Kazangula border crossing and within the Kasane Forest Reserve. The camp comprises 20 meru style luxury safari tents.

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Chobe Princess

The Chobe Princess is an up-market luxury houseboat berthed on the Chobe River right by the entrance to the Chobe National Park, offering a unique safari experience! Cruise gently down the Chobe River, relaxing on board while you watch the wildlife congregate on the banks of the river.

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Chobe Savanna Lodge

Chobe Savanna Lodge is a water based safari lodge on the Namibian side of the Chobe river. The only wildlife activities that are offered are boating activities and walking safaris.

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Savute under Canvas

Savute under Canvas is an exclusive semi permanent camp and offers a traditional and rustic safari in the Savute Marsh area of the Chobe National Park. The area is well known for its high density of predators and elephant.

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Chobe Bush Lodge

Chobe Bush Lodge consists of spacious, luxurious bedrooms, all of which includes en-suite facilities. The lodge is a gateway property to Chobe National Park, known for its great lion population and herds of elephant.

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Chobe Safari Lodge

On the banks of the Chobe River and bordering Chobe National Park, lies Chobe Safari Lodge. The lodge is in the perfect place to explore the Chobe National Park, take a day trip to the adventure capital of the area, Victoria Falls or visit the Caprivi Strip of Namibia.

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Chobe Elephant Camp

Located high on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the famous Chobe River is the newly developed Chobe Elephant Camp. This uniquely designed lodge has been built to take advantage of the incredible views overlooking the sweeping floodplains while offering a comfortable refuge.

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Saile Tented Camp

Saile Tented Camp is a small walking camp located in the Chobe area of Botswana. The camp offers guests a traditional safari, and is suited to guests wanting to explore the area on foot.

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Tilodi Safari Lodge

Tilodi Safari Lodge offering eo-friendly accommodation which consists of 10 stylishly luxury tented rooms. Each room has en-suite facilities allowing guests to have privacy.

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Top Destinations

The areas within the Chobe National Park that we encourage our guests to visit include the riverfront area and the Savute Marsh.

Chobe Game Lodge is the only lodge at the riverfront and within the borders of the national park. Guests can enjoy game drives, as well as boat cruises along the Chobe River where they stand the chance of seeing huge herds of elephants coming down to drink.

Savute Safari Lodge is a superb option in the Savute Marsh area. The lodge is located in an area renowned for excellent predator game viewing, and there are always huge bull elephants around. Another beautiful Botswana Lodge in Savute is Ghoha Hills Savuti, perched on a hill with magnificent views accross the Chobe National Park. 

In the Green Season guests can access the Savute Marsh area where huge herds of zebra migrate in search of the new grass, which of course brings the predators in search of food of their own.

How to Get There

Sun Safaris agents will arrange for guests heading directly to Chobe from South Africa to fly to Kasane Airport in northern Botswana. Chobe National Park is such a large park and has lodges and camps dotted throughout its wilderness; some camps may require an additional flight from Kasane Airport to a nearer airstrip. In such cases, Sun Safaris will have arranged for guests to connect with their light air transfers to the camp.

For destinations in parts of Chobe that are near enough to Kasane, guests will have an arranged road transfer from the airport. Roads are not in great condition in Botswana and we prefer to arrange transport for guests, instead of self-drive tours. Guests also arrive in Victoria Falls and spend a few days there before enjoying a road transfer to start their Chobe National Park safari tour. 

Once guests arrive at their lodge or camp, they may enjoy a variety of land and water tours with the trained guides.

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Chobe National Park Game Viewing and Activities

Epitomising a Chobe safari is the elephant experience. One of Botswana's biggest and oldest national parks, Chobe is also home to a recognisable elephant population that has been referred to the largest in the world.

Huge herds of these grey giants can be seen ambling along dry land, as well as frolicking in the Chobe River. The park has an abundance of wildlife, not only a paradise for elephants. The ever flowing Chobe River attracts huge herds of buffalo, large pods of hippo, and a varietal number of antelope species.

Game drives and boating activities offer an exploration of Chobe from both land and water, taking full advantage of the park's wilderness. 

During the wet months (December to March), most animals congregate on the open plains and as the land dries out and the heat builds from April to November, the animals migrate back to the Chobe River's fertile flood plains.



Chobe National Park Seasons and Climate

Chobe has a distinct wet and dry season, both of which offer their perks from a game viewing perspective. Winter brings the lower temperatures, but also the low rainfall, while summer brings the heat and the rain.

From December to May, Chobe experiences the wet, summer season, when water is plentiful. This means that game may move away from the primary water source, being the river, making it more challenging to spot them.

The hot temperatures and luscious vegetation of the summer season invite the antelope species to give birth in their masses, which is a wonderful wildlife spectacle to behold.

In the driest winter months are from June to August, when the temperatures are cold, but it starts to warm up from September and brings about the best season for game viewing.

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