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Botswana’s natural treasure trove


The Chobe Region is home to an abundance of wildlife and serves as the rendezvous point for four countries: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. The unassuming town of Kasane is the gateway to this diverse and rich part of Africa. Its neighbours include the Chobe National Park, known for its population of Kalahari elephants, and the village of Kazungula where ferries can be taken across to Zambia allowing travellers to stand before the roaring waters of Victoria Falls.

Chobe National Park’s dynamic landscape lends itself to a variety of fauna and flora. Extensive floodplains along the Chobe River to the north - home of the elusive puku antelope - mirror the African sky and fold into mahogany and teak woodlands. An eerie graveyard of trees lies in the Savuti marshlands along the remnants of an inland lake which grow into riverine forests near the Linyanti River. Rocky outcrops across the park are embellished with artwork left behind by San bushmen who still roam parts of Botswana today.

Chobe National Park is home to a number of safari lodges, houseboats, and camps eager to welcome visitors. Those wanting to explore the wider Chobe region can find accommodation in Kasane and easily make day trips into the park, visit the Chobe Crocodile farm or traverse a mere 100 kilometres across the border to Victoria Falls. Daily flights to Kasane Airport are available form Johannesburg, Gaborone, and Maun Airports.

Highlights

  • Kasane is near the Four Corners where Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia meet
  • Chobe National Park known for its elephants
  • Visitors can stay in the park or use Kasane as their base to do day tours to Chobe and the surrounding areas such as Victoria Falls
  • There are daily flight from Johannesburg, Gaborone, and Maun to Kasane

Facts and Information

The lifeblood of this classic safari destination is the Chobe River, which also serves as the international border between Botswana and Namibia.

In a welcome departure from traditional open top vehicles, travellers can cruise along the river in motorised pontoons, taking care to avoid the basking pods of hippos. Along the riverbanks, thousands of elephants scour for fresh greens, pausing intermittently to drink their fill. Impala, kudu and lechwe are all commonly sighted, though the rarities on display here include a subspecies of the bushbuck as well as sable and roan antelope. The Chobe National Park is located in the very northeast corner of Botswana and only a short 90 minute drive from Victoria Falls.

Chobe is probably most well known for its large herds of African Elephants. But this is just the tip of the iceberg - witness the great Zebra migration as the roads become impassable, marvel at the myriad predators roaming the open plains, birdwatch for hours on end and go on escorted game walks with knowledgeable guides.

Enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Chobe River, spot wildlife by water and land, marvel as large herds of elephant swim across the river or get married in Chobe – Liz Taylor and Richard Burton did!

Remember that the whole of Botswana is considered a malaria area, so you will need to take the correct precautions.

Chobe or not Chobe? We know the answer!

If you have the opportunity to visit this enchanted area, then do it! At Rhino Africa, we have been planning travel adventures for a long time and we have yet to find anyone who was not enthralled by their experience in Chobe National Park.

We usually split Chobe National Park into two distinct areas. The Chobe Region around Kasane is where some of Botswana’s most well known safari lodges such as Chobe Chilwero & Chobe Game Lodge can be found. Here the river is at its widest and most tranquil and surrounded by floodplains, sandridges and forest. This area is easily accessible from Victoria Falls. Upstream and west of Kasane is the Linyanti Region and Savute Region. Remote and usually only accessible by light aircraft, this area is much quieter and more secluded and is well known for its plentiful and abundant numbers of predators and general wildlife. This area offers dry savannahs reminiscent of East Africa Safari. Accommodation here caters to all budgets, ranging from government-run campsites to plush wilderness camps.

Often visitors to Chobe combine it with a trip to the Okavango Delta and/or Victoria Falls. Whatever you want, we will do our best to provide. Contact Rhino Africa and we will plan your tailor-made Chobe trip!

Rhino Africa Safaris specializes in tailor-making itineraries to suit individual needs and requirements. Browse through our selection of tours and safaris, and should you not find exactly what you are looking to do, then contact usand allow one of the Rhino Africa Travel experts to tailor-make an itinerary for you.

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