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Encompassing an impressive 10,700 square kilometers (4,150 square miles) of wilderness, the Chobe National Park stretches from the tip of northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. It has a wide range of distinctive landscapes, from the emerald floodplains of the Chobe River to the sweeping grasslands of the Savuti Marsh and skeletal leadwood trees in the Savuti Channel.

Young male lion in ChobeWith such varied environments and habitats there’s a magnificent array of wildlife. A profusion of palatable grass species attracts a variety of herbivores, including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, and tsessebe. The puku is found, as is the endemic Chobe bushbuck. Predator sightings are good, with leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and large prides of lion that hunt elephant. From servals to side-striped jackals, the list is endless.

All that said, Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephant, these gentle giants constantly surround you. In the dry season the Chobe River sees thousands lining the banks and crossing the water. Boat trips at this time provide excellent photograph opportunities.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Chobe National Park

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Chobe National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Chobe National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Chobe National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park

      Ngoma Safari Lodge

      First Class

      Set high on an escarpment overlooking the Chobe River and surrounding floodplains, Ngoma Safari Lodge is a luxurious retreat that offers safaris by boat, game vehicle or on foot. With just eight suites, it offers a highly personal stay.

    • Chobe Elephant Camp, Chobe National Park

      Chobe Elephant Camp


      Located high on the edge of a rocky escarpment overlooking the floodplains of the Chobe River, Chobe Elephant Camp is built from the local red Kalahari sand, providing a cool, comfortable, environmentally friendly lodge from which to explore the fantastic Chobe National Park.

    • Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park

      Chobe Safari Lodge


      Chobe Safari Lodge is situated close to the borders of four African nations and has easy access to the fantastic game viewing on offer in Chobe National Park, where elephant roam in their thousands. Offering simple but characterful accommodation, it combines traditional style with modern comforts.

    • Muchenje Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park

      Muchenje Safari Lodge


      Perched high on an escarpment overlooking the Chobe River and surrounding plains, this friendly, owner-run lodge offers an intimate and personalized stay in the wild surroundings of Chobe National Park, making a wonderful base for safaris and an authentic African bush experience.

    • Zambezi Queen, Chobe River

      Zambezi Queen

      First Class

      The Zambezi Queen is a luxurious 45 m river boat based on the magnificent Chobe River. Each private space has been designed with the African summer in mind, and clever use of shutters situated on the outer edge of the deck as well as ceiling fans and air-conditioning which give added comfort in the hotter months.

    • Chobe Chilwero, Chobe National Park

      Chobe Chilwero


      Chobe Chilwero is without doubt the most exclusive lodge in the area, set tucked away in beautiful and peaceful forest surrounds. A stay here offers the utmost in relaxation and the opportunity to see the remarkable wildlife of the Chobe River.

    • Chobe Under Canvas Camp, Chobe National Park

      Chobe Under Canvas Camp


      Chobe Under Canvas is a fantastic way to enjoy the area — an authentic bush experience that you will not find elsewhere in Chobe. Although the tents are mobile they are extremely comfortable, and the service is of a very high standard.

    Ideas for experiencing Chobe National Park

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Chobe National Park, and which use the best local guides.

    • Spot elephants along the Chobe River
      Elephant enjoying a drink of water

      Spot elephants along the Chobe River

      Spot elephants along the Chobe River

      As well as game drives and walks with expert guides, take advantage of the wildlife in and along the Chobe River with a boat trip. Fishing trips are also popular.

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    • Visit the Sibuya tribe from Chobe Elephant Camp
      Giraffe, Chobe National Park

      Visit the Sibuya tribe from Chobe Elephant Camp

      Visit the Sibuya tribe from Chobe Elephant Camp

      Explore this wildlife haven both on guided game drives, by boat and even on foot — although this activity is dependent on the availability of guides and the length of the grass. You can even visit the local Sibuya tribe.

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