Chobe National Park derives its name from the Chobe River which forms the northern boundary of Botswana. Declared a National Park in 1967, Chobe was the first National Park in Botswana. It is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephant on the African continent.
This enormous 10,700 sq kms of wilderness, the vast majority of which is inaccessible, has two main areas of interest for visitors: the Chobe Riverfront in the north east and the Savuti Marsh in the west.
Both are legendary safari areas – genuine big game country notorious for huge herds of elephant and buffalo as well as big lion prides which hunt them down. However, the major downside these days is the high volume of safari traffic in certain areas so we try to focus on camps which manage to move somewhat off the beaten track.
Two favourable camps we have experienced in the north east are Chobe Under Canvas and Chobe Chilwero.
The Savuti Marsh area is too busy for our tastes however Savute Under Canvas does offer a luxury camp option.
Kasane is a small town on the southbank of the Chobe River in the far northwest corner of Botswana close to its confluence with the Zambezi River where the borders of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana all meet. The town is of limited interest in itself however it is an important gateway for visitors travelling on to Chobe National Park – Botswana; Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe/Zambia or Caprivi Strip – Namibia.
The airstrip at Kasane is a particularly important hub for charter flights from Linyanti and Okavango Delta which connect with a road transfer to Livingstone and the Victoria Falls.
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