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The Chobe National Park in Botswana is the first national park in the country. Botswana is one of the most renowned safari destinations in the Southern part of the African continent. The name of this park is based on one of the most beautiful rivers of Africa, Chobe River. Located close to the Chobe River, the Chobe National park safari will show you the sandy terrains of the river, the dense forests of the mopane trees, the lush floodplains, and the never-ending broadleaf woodlands. This place is very rich in terms of the wildlife found on the continent. To explore most of this dazzling beauty, a boat ride is the best option. The Chobe River attracts numerous herds of elephants and buffaloes. This also means that predators can be spotted often around this place.
Location: North Botswana
Nearest International Airport: Maun
How to reach: By road or chartered flight from Maun
Famous for: Big Cats, Beautiful Chobe River, Birding
Best time to visit: January to December
Mammals: Elephant, Buffaloes, Bushbuck, Puku, Lions, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, Wild dog, Burchell’s Zebra, Sable, Roan, Greater Kudu, Wildebeest, Red lechwe, Selous’ Mongoose, Wild cats, and Serval.
Birds: Bee-eaters, African skimmers, storks, plovers, Kingfisher, hammerkops, wire tailed swallows, Night herons
One of the best things about Chobe National Park tours is its terrain and the region it’s situated in. The alluring Chobe riverfront has an abundance of wildlife and undisturbed predators. This gives you the experience of the real wilderness. The Linyanti Marshes will show you the real nature of the predators. Close to the river, you will find the bushes to be lush and green and as you go farther from the river, the bushes turn thorny and thick. The Chobe bush lodge Kasane will give you a close look at these scenes.
The Chobe River is home to many kinds of wildlife. The river attracts large herds of Elephants, Buffaloes, Zebras and many more for drinking the water. This also invites numerous predators such as hyenas, lions, and many more. The Chobe’s big game also includes impala, baboon, zebras, vervet monkey, warthog, and many other mammals all around the year. At the riverfront, you may also spot an encounter between predators such as the crocodile with buffaloes. Over 450 species of birds are also found in the Chobe National Park. Some of them such as Kingfisher, African Skimmers, Night Herons, Storks, Plovers, Hammerkops, Wire Tailed Swallows, Bee-eaters, and many more can be spotted on a river cruise with just a pair of binoculars.
Being one of the best safari destinations in the country, this place is a center for many tourists. Thus many camps and lodges are available for the comfort of the tourists. Although the exciting fact about the lodges here at Chobe is that they are unfenced. This means that you can experience the total wilderness of the Park on your tour. Most of these lodges like the Ngoma safari lodge, Chobe have strict rules and restrictions. Minimum age is also prescribed by lodges like Elephant Valley Lodge, Chobe National Park for any bush walk or game drive for safety purposes.