Chobe has the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. It’s renowned for impressive buffalo herds, which sustain a very healthy population of lions. Zebra, warthog, kudu, impala, wildebeest and a variety of other game are prevalent. The local bird list exceeds 450 species, so it never disappoints, even on a short visit.
Long regarded as one of Africa’s most legendary wildlife areas, Chobe National Park is within Botswana’s extreme north. It was visited by Livingstone in the 1850s and has been well known to hunters, surveyors and explorers for decades since. With a massive population of big game, its tourism value was recognised in the 1930s, when a large swathe of wilderness was declared a non-hunting area. The ‘game reserve’ was created in 1960 and declared a national park in 1967.
It’s an easy one-hour drive from Victoria Falls and its popularity as a top safari destination has boomed especially over the past few years. The main safari areas include the Chobe riverfront, the famous Savuti region to the west, Nogatsaa’s central pans and the Linyanti Wetlands.
If you’re looking for an affordable solution to the high price of safaris in Botswana or a short add-on to Victoria Falls, this is a very worthwhile safari spot, even when it’s more crowded during the high season (from July to September).
John and Trish Berry loved travelling around their native Zambezi Valley so much they started Zambezi Safari and Travel. Nearly 21 years later the company prides itself on its specialist knowledge of the region’s national parks. To read their personal advice and to find out more about Chobe, click here www.zambezi.co.uk/destinations/botswana/chobe-national-park
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