Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park covers about 11,700km² of the northern Kalahari, much of it impenetrable thorn bush growing on deep sand. This is an old safari area. Livingstone visited it in the 1850s, as have countless big-game hunters since. It's famous for huge herds of elephant and buffalo, and large prides of lion that have learnt to hunt them; for a river that apparently flows both ways; and for the mysterious, disappearing (and reappearing) Savuti Channel.
The key to this safari area is Chobe's animal migrations. Chobe's animals move in complex, ancient patterns determined by the rain and available food. Within Chobe National Park there are two areas with a few luxurious private lodges: the Chobe Riverfront andSavuti Marsh (sometimes spelt 'Savute Marsh'). Elsewhere, these parks are perhaps best explored using a mobile safari.
Safari lodges & camps around Chobe Riverfront
The far north of the park, bordering the Chobe River, has long been renowned for its dense game. The lion are common and nonchalant, the antelope prolific, and the herds of buffalo and elephant among the largest anywhere. The birdlife is also excellent, from ubiquitous fish eagles to a myriad of herons and waders. The amazing fishing skills of the rare African skimmer are just one highlight of the Chobe River, along with some sizeable hippos and crocodiles.
If you come here, then we recommend the following lodges which are either near to Chobe National Park or in the Forest Reserve.
Activities at Chobe
One of the things that makes Chobe so special is the opportunity to experience and enjoy this magnificent part of Africa from a number of different perspectives through the range of activities that are available. Whether in a vehicle, on foot or on the water, Chobe has a number of offerings to give you a thorough and unforgettable taste of the African bush.
It probably goes without saying that heading out on at least one game drive whilst in Chobe National Park is an absolute must. This is generally the best way to see Chobe’s predators, as well as the undulating and striking landscapes and ecosystems that stretch away from the river. You can self-drive, or most lodges include morning game drives in their rates.
Chobe is particularly famous for its sunset boat cruises, a special favourite for birders and photographers which also gives you the perfect setting for a nice, cold sundowner or two. It’s the best way to see large herds of elephants crossing the river too, as well as the river’s sizeable hippo and crocodile population.
For both the budding amateur and the seasoned pro, Pangolin Photographic Safaris gears your Chobe experience around spectacular wildlife photo opportunities and provides the means by which to maximise those opportunities. Every client is provided with state of the art cameras and lenses and guided by seasoned photographers in custom-designed boats and vehicles.
The Chobe is blessed with an abundance of fish and is a very popular fishing destination. A number of operators and lodges can organize leisurely fishing trips and provide equipment and an experienced guide. This is a great place to catch the legendary Tigerfish as well as several species of bream, all of which are great on the braai.
Guided Bush Walks
There is no better way to get up close and personal with the African bush than on a guided bush walk. A small handful of lodges offer this unique and intimate activity in the picturesque Chobe Forest Reserve enclave of the national park. This is wild Africa at its most unadulterated.
For those seeking a rare insight into the interesting cultural heritage of the region, this activity takes you across the Chobe River by wooden makoro canoe and then on foot into a handful of traditional tribal villages located on the Namibian side of the bank.