Chobe National Park

Stretching from Botswana’s northern border to the outer reaches of the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park is the country’s most biologically diverse protected space. With an area of over 4,000 square miles, the park is often subdivided into individual zones.

Of these, the Chobe Riverfront sector (sometimes called Serondela) is probably the most visited part of the park because of its reputation for easy wildlife sightings.

During the May to October dry season, the waters of this large river provide a vital source of freshwater for the park’s multitude of species. Thousands of elephants line its banks or paddle in its shallows to cool off, providing ample opportunity to photograph them by both land and water.

While impressive, they form just a small percentage of the estimated 50,000 elephants which call Chobe their home – the world’s largest concentration of African elephants.

Further south, Chobe’s flat grassland landscapes attract an array of herbivores, from grouchy-looking Cape buffalo to graceful impala, gently-swaying giraffe, and large antelope including kudu and tsessebe. With this much prey around, Chobe also boasts great predator sightings, ranging from jackals the size of your pet dog to leopard, cheetah, and lion.

Meanwhile to the west, the Savuti Marsh area is known for the appearance of black and white rhino, alongside prides of lions which have learnt how to hunt young and immature elephants. During the rainy season it becomes a haven for birds and birders, with around 450 different species recorded to date.

Top Botswana Travel Destinations

Central Kalahari Game Reserve / Kwando, Selinda, & Linyanti Reserves / Makgadikgadi Pans & Nxai Pan National Parks / Maun / Moremi Game Reserve / The Okavango Delta

The Big Five

African Elephant / Cape Buffalo / Leopard / Lion / Rhino

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