Chobe – The Elephant Capital of Africa

Massive elephant populations, riverboat safaris, sunset cruises, riverfront safari lodges and top quality game drives have firmly positioned the Chobe National Park as a “must visit” destination for any enquiring safari enthusiast.

Chobe National Park is famous for its elephants. The latest enquiry into the elephant population estimates it to be 120,000 – the highest elephant concentration in Africa and the largest continuous surviving elephant population on Earth. The elephants in the Chobe are Kalahari Elephants and are the biggest size of any elephant, but this doesn’t deter the Chobe lions which are famed for being able to bring down elephants, something most lions would not even bother to attempt.

The majority of our handpicked luxury safari lodges front onto the Chobe River and offer sunset river safaris along the Chobe River. The game viewing from the river is outstanding with the huge diversity of Chobe’s wildlife accessible from a different perspective to stimulate the enquiring mind and brook a new perspective on our fragile earth. It is hard to put to words the feeling you get as you glide past hippos and crocs while elephants, zebra, buffalo and even lion have an evening drink, and the sun fills the sky with every colour. It’s a freedom of the senses – nature, peace, beauty, exhilaration, relaxation – all rolled into one perfect African evening – it’s the reason why people book the Chobe lodges year after year.

Most of the luxury safari lodges in the area are located on the Chobe River banks giving uninterrupted views of the wildlife-lined banks. The Safari & Travel Experts at Perfect Africa have handpicked the best of these luxury lodges for you so ENQUIRE with any one of them to for tips and first hand advice to help you in planning your Chobe safari.

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Chobe is a convenient two hour drive from the world famous Victoria Falls, making these two popular destinations an excellent combination, and it is also close to the Okavango Delta, the Savuti & Linyanti swamps and, though further away, makes for an excellent combination destination with the Kalahari Salt Pans or the Central Kalahari National Park – both offering entirely different safari experiences.

As with most African safari destinations Chobe is subject to the seasons – the rains above all. With the advent of the wet season in October/November, the waterholes and pans in the back country fill up and the game tends to drift off into the remote central areas while the Savuti region becomes a vital summer grazing area for huge herds of zebra and wildebeest.

By April the rains are over and the scattered elephant and buffalo populations congregate into larger herds. These herds migrate to the permanent water sources of the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, gathering there in their thousands. The game viewing along the Chobe River from June to October in particular is awesome.

The Chobe area is a destination in itself but it’s always a good idea to combine it with one of the other amazing safari destinations in Botswana or nearby Zambia. Enough cannot be said about the value of firsthand knowledge of the area – which is we send our consultants to visit the lodges as often as possible so they can best advise you on how to plan your trip, where and when to go, what to expect and – most importantly of all – how to put it all together so your safari is a seamless experience that surpasses your expectations. Send us your enquiry – with as many questions as you can think of – and let’s get started with planning your Chobe safari.

Top Destinations

Savute Game Reserve

Okavango Delta

Central Kalahari

Moremi Game Reserve

Fast Facts

A fisherman’s paradise, the Chobe River is now rapidly becoming a popular fishing destination with over 90 different species of fish to be found in the wide waterways off Kasane. Fishing safaris can easily be arranged at any of the lodges in the region.

Insider Information
  • Try your hand at Tiger fishing in the Chobe River.
  • Visit the old hollow baobab tree. Its claim to fame is that in the early 20th century the hollowed out centre of the tree trunk served as the local prison for many years.
  • Take a sundowner river cruise down the Chobe River whilst sipping on a G&T.

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When To Travel
  • August to October is considered the best time of the year to visit this area.
  • However, game viewing throughout the Chobe improves as the pans dry up and animals begin to frequent the permanent water sources such as the Chobe River or pumped waterholes.
  • Chobe is generally regarded as an excellent all year round safari option, perfect to combine with Victoria Falls.

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