Great herds of elephants and gently rolling savannah
With four ecosystems ranging from swampland to dense forest, Chobe National Park is an excellent area to spot all major African species including a huge elephant population – around 60,000 large Kalahari elephants migrate from the Chobe Riverfront to the southeast pans during the wet season. Along the river you can enjoy cruises that enable you to see the wildlife from a different vantage point, spotting hippo and crocodiles up close.
Best time to visit Chobe National Park
May to November is Botswana's dry season and is the best time to travel this beautiful country. With the earth scorched, the grasses are low and animals congregate at the limited water sources, making them easier to spot. Between September and October, the herds of elephant and buffalo begin to form, offering a superb spectacle, although October is the hottest month and this can be make for uncomfortable wildlife-spotting conditions.
Chobe National Park holiday highlights
Located in northern Botswana, Chobe National Park sits at the edge of the Okavango Delta close to the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans and a short distance from the thundering Victoria Falls.
Chobe is famed for its elephants, great herds of grey plodding across the savannah, appearing between the trees and drinking deep at the waterholes. You are almost guaranteed a sighting of these gentle giants as you traverse the landscapes of this beautiful park.
With a great location on the edge of the Okavango Delta, you can explore the maze of channels and small islands from the comfort of your mokoro canoe or can enjoy a walking safari. The Delta is home to a plethora of animals and watching elephants frolic in the water is especially exciting!
Due to its location, you can also visit Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zambia and marvel at the immense amount of water that comes crashing over its edge to the pool below, throwing up a fine mist that sparkles in the air.