Chobe National Park

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When to Go

The dry winter May - October

The dry winter (May to late October) is often seen as the best time to visit Chobe. It’s the time of year with the lowest malaria risk and temperatures are very pleasant. From May through August you’ll enjoy mild to warm sunny days with cold, star-filled nights but you’ll need to be prepared for very hot weather in September and October when the average maximum temperature is 38°C/100°F.

Game viewing is very good during the long dry season, especially in the later months as animals are increasingly concentrated at the Chobe River and Savuti Channel.

The arrival of the summer rains in November breaks up the herds at the rivers as the Chobe National Park turns green. Migratory birds arrive in huge numbers, zebra migrate through the Savuti grasslands and many antelope give birth, attracting predators of all description. Visitors to Chobe in the early Green Season (Nov and Dec) may have to put up with a bit of rain but the game viewing can be very rewarding.

Rain is heaviest in January, February and March forcing several lodges and overland safari operators to close at this time of year. Travel to Chobe is not recommended during this time: the malaria risk is at its highest, and animals are widely dispersed and hard to see amongst the greenery.

Jan Feb Mar Apr
Peak rainy season; Savuti zebra migration; good time for birding at Chobe River
May Jun Jul Aug
Dry, mild days & cold nights; great game viewing at Chobe River & Savuti
Sep Oct
Hot & dry; peak game viewing at Chobe River & Savuti
Nov Dec
Early rainy season; antelope birthing season; Savuti great in December
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Top Experiences


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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