Chobe National Park

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Safaris to the Chobe National Park

Travel to Botswana’s Chobe National Park to see Africa’s wildlife as it once was. A Chobe safari takes you to a destination as famous for its great elephant and buffalo herds as it is for its predators. Big cats, hyenas and wild dogs are all resident in Chobe and it’s also home to a zebra migration, hippo-filled rivers and some of the best bird watching in Africa.

A Chobe safari is best divided between its two most accessible regions – the Chobe River and Savuti. Dominated by lush floodplains and riverside forest, the Chobe River is the most popular region and offers excellent game viewing from the comfort of 4X4s and boats. The Savuti area (often spelled Savute) lies at the centre of the park and has a long pedigree of thrilling wildlife encounters. Nourished by the waters of the Savuti Channel, Savuti is the stage for giant bull elephants and epic confrontations between predator and prey.

Chobe is usually part of a larger itinerary that includes the Okavango Delta and next-door Victoria Falls. You can explore Chobe National Park on an overland camping safari, staying in comfortable tents and enjoying fire-cooked food and expert guiding. You can also choose to go accommodated, flying from lodge to lodge to cut out the overland travel.

You’ll need to choose the timing of your visit carefully. The arrival of the summer rains changes the distribution of wildlife (especially around the Chobe River) and itineraries should be carefully planned for maximum reward.

Talk to Safari Online about a Chobe safari. There are several camping options to choose from and a wide selection of safari accommodation: Chobe’s camps and lodges range from value-for-money and family-friendly to indulgently-exclusive and honeymoon-perfect. We’ll recommend the best tour or accommodation for your requirements or will tailor-make a personal itinerary for you.

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1. Go on a Game Drive

Morning & afternoon game drives with expert guides bring the drama of Chobe straight to you: the raised & open-sided vehicles are ideal for photography & you’ll enjoy drinks & snacks too.

2. Cruise the River

An all-year wildlife haven, the Chobe River attracts thousands of elephants & buffalo in Botswana’s dry season. Riverside lodges offer sunset river cruises & game viewing by small motor boat.

3. Track Big Cats & Wild Dogs

Game-rich Chobe is a predator’s paradise & home to healthy populations of lion, cheetah & leopard; it’s also a great place to search for the highly endangered wild dog.

4. Bring the Birding Binoculars

With around 500 bird species, the Chobe Park is an epic bird watching destination, especially in summer when migrants arrive. The Savuti & Chobe River areas are Chobe’s birding hotspots.

5. Take a Table for Two

Many of Chobe’s lodges are as famous for their romantic ambience as they are for their game viewing; intimate camps, luxurious honeymoon suites & plenty of private pampering.

6. Catch-and-Release Fishing

A few select lodges offer catch-and-release fishing in the Chobe River. If you’d like to spend an afternoon casting for bream or wrestling a toothy tiger fish, then come fishing in Botswana.

7. View Rock Art

Indigenous Khoisan hunters left their mark on the landscape: head for Chobe’s Ghoha Hills for well-preserved examples of ancient rock art, bought to life by local guides.

8. Visit Smoke that Thunders

Victoria Falls is only a 2-hour drive from the Chobe River. Pop across the border to either Zambia or Zimbabwe to see the thundering world wonder up close & personal.

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An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

I have so many wonderful things to say about Walter and Safari Online that I don’t even know where to begin! Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
Professional, quick and top of the edge service!!!

From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip.
Our expectations were exceled!!! We’ve been to three different Wilderness lodges in Botswana and Zambia. It was more than WOW.
The lodges itself, the service, the food, the kids (8+10) care and the animal world. All the connections by plane, boat and car were perfectly organized. There was always a responsible person waiting for us. We felt very special from the first to the last day. We highly recommend safari-online.com and we’ll do our next Wilderness tour definitely with them.

Lukas (Germany)
Very helpful good suggestions for holiday ideas always available for questions good organising

Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. Tongazebi was one place we stayed in a tree house amazing and friendly place our safari was in Savanna Lodge an incredible place to stay and amazing safari we got to see the big five and many others birds and animals. All very close you would not believe how close you get to the wildlife. We are so happy that this was organised for as we have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

Lorraine (UK)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Neena
Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved.
Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on! This year we went back to Luangwa and had a terrific six days there. It was very dry so a slightly different environment than in past years when we have found October to be more conducive to wildlife viewing. Walter couldn’t have done more for us!

Roger (UK)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Safari Online were extremely efficient and absolutely charming to work with.

I have a severe intolerance to chemical products such a fabric softener. This can create difficulties when you travel. But the team at Safari Online made sure that all the destinations on our itinerary met our unusual demands. Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Actually got to see the Big 5 which was perfect. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.