Chobe National Park is a world-renowned game lodge in northern Botswana, near the famous Okavango Delta. While there are many more reasons to visit this amazing place, here are our top ten favorite reasons to stay there:
1. No matter which season you choose to visit in, the area promises a magical experience. High season, from May to October, is best for game viewing because the bush is not very thick. Animals tend to congregate in wet areas in search of water, providing multiple game viewing opportunities. In November, the rainy season, known as the Green Season, starts and the bush transforms from a dry bushveld to a magical green woodland. This is when baby animals drop in their thousands.
2. Annual animal migrations give guests unforgettable wildlife experiences, especially in the Savute Area.
3. No matter what kind of safari you are looking for, Chobe National Park has it all. From beautiful luxury accommodation to camping and caravan sites and everything in between, you are guaranteed to have a memorable safari holiday that also fits your budget.
4. The town of Kasane is only ten minutes from the entrance of the park. This is many tourists’ gateway to the park as Kasane Airport is within an easy distance. The Zambian border is to the north and the Zimbabwean border is to the east, with both borders less than 10km from Kasane town.
5. Once you’ve chosen your accommodation, Chobe National Park has so many activities, it will be hard to fit everything in. Some things to do in the area include game drives, river cruises, fishing, safaris and bird watching. If you want to explore a bit more, nearby activities include a visit to a crocodile farm, a cultural village tour or a round of golf at Mowana in Kasakne. Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the word, is only an hour’s drive away, where there are plenty of activities as well.
6. The Chobe River flows from Angola into Botswana and is one of the main water sources for wildlife in the area. The water hosts various water-loving birds and animals and serves as a watering hole for the land animals.
7. Not only is the park home to a diverse array of animals including buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, crocodile, hippo, zebra, giraffe, lechwe, sable, impala, leopard, wildebeest, hyena, jackal, bushbuck, monkeys, baboons and more, it is the only place in Botswana where you will see the near-threatened puku antelope in the wild.
8. Four distinct eco-systems exist in the park: river, woodlands, floodplains and the swamp and seasonal marshland area. This is why Chobe National Park offers such a unique safari experience, with its large diversity of flora and fauna.
9. Chobe National Park is perhaps most famous for its herds of elephant, which is the largest elephant population in the world. With up to 50 000 elephant in the park, you are sure to have some great photo opportunities.
10. Chobe National Park is the third largest wildlife park in Botswana but is certainly the best in the country and in our opinion, one of the best in the world.