is Botswana’s first national park declared in 1967 covering around 11700
square kilometers. Famous as the elephant capital of Africa, the park
derived its name from the Chobe River and located on the northern part of
Botswana near Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
The Chobe River is the main source of water for the
park and comprises of mopane woodland, floodplains, grasslands and
combretum offering diversity in its ecosystem. It has one of the largest
concentrations of African elephants. General game viewing and birdlife are
superb all year around with the elephant, buffalo and zebra masses being
seasonally migratory based on accessibility to water and food.
Chobe National Park Flora & Fauna Experiences
During Your Botswana Safari In Africa
The park boasts of a variety of flora and
fauna based on its 4 unique ecosystem namely the Serondela area or
Chobe riverfront, Savuti Marsh area, Linyanti Marsh and Ngwenzumba Pans.
The park is home to predators such as lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, wild
dog, cheetah etc. The park offers herbivores such as buffalo, zebra,
giraffe, roan and sable, red lechwe, waterbuck, bushbuck, puku, tsessebe,
eland and many more. It is also a picture-perfect place for bird viewing
with many species seen such as Spur-winged Geese, Pel’s Fishing Owl,
Carmine Bee-eaters, most kingfishers, rollers, storks, Fish Eagle, Martial
Eagle, Sacred ibis, Egyptian Geese, cormorants, darters and many more.
Found at the northeast of the park, the Serondela
Area or Chobe Riverfront serves as a catch basin for the Chobe River.
The Serondela is the watering spot of the park especially during the dry
winter season where large concentrations on elephants flock to the river
bank. Part of it has lush floodplains that serve as the only home of the
puku antelopes. Mahogany, teak and other hardwoods cover the area. Game
watching at the Chobe riverfront is accessible and exceptional thus also
luring many guests from the nearby Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe -
perfect for a day Chobe safari or overnights safari too.
Located at the western side of the park, the Savuti
Marsh area derives its water from the Savuti Channel waters
erratically. This characteristic of the region formed the place into
grasslands and savannahs. These became home to various species of wildlife
Settlers name the Linyanti Marsh after the
Linyanti River, a primary source of water for the marsh. Situated at the
northwest corner of the park, Linyanti has lagoons, woodlands, riverine
thickets and floodplains. Linyanti harbors diversity of fauna, also has
the migratory elephants, buffalos and zebras that arrive during the start
of the dry winter season.
Around 70 kms south of the Chobe River is the Ngwezumba
Pans which are a collection of individual pans surrounded by
grasslands and mopane woodlands. During the wet summer month, the clay
pans are a catchment for water allowing wildlife to migrate away from
Chobe and Linyanti Rivers and search for more food and area to roam.
When To Visit Chobe For Your Botswana Safari In
The Chobe National Park is an enthralling
place to visit for your Botswana safari any time of the year depending on
your interests. Water supply largely affects the in and out migration of
animals around the park and beyond. The rainy and dry season commands the
wildlife concentration in the area.
The dry season is May to October. This is the time
the Chobe becomes densely populated with elephants and other animals from
dry inland areas converging at the Chobe and Linyanti rivers for water.
This is one of the superior times for your African safari in Botswana. In
addition, the heat during these months dries up the trees and shrubs
leaving them to lose their leaves or eaten by the migratory and resident
herbivores. This shedding of leaves though is beneficial to game viewers
as it makes it easier to watch the wild animals in the dry season when it
is less dense.
During the rainy season from November to April,
there is an abundance of wild flowers that are amazingly beautiful. The
different kinds of flowers display a myriad of colors which blend with the
green, grassy slopes of the park and the riverbanks. Birds are also
abundant during this time of the year while the elephants and other
animals wander or migrate around the park since there is more water
availability everywhere. During this time, game viewing experiences
requires more patience than normal as the renewed lush environment of tall
trees and robust grasses usually conceal the animals or may have migrated
away. It is an opportune time though to witness the animals in their
natural green habitat. The intermingling of rich, colorful flora and fauna
is a breath taking sight.
Chobe Safari Activities During Your
Africa Safari In Botswana
Chobe National Park boasts of its renowned
game driving and boating safaris (river front areas).
Chobe Game Driving Safari In Botswana, Africa
The game drive into the Chobe National Park
gives visitors the most rewarding experience with nature. During your game
drive, you can encounter enormous herds of elephant and buffalo with
various predators. Plains game and bird species on offer is astonishing.
You will have a chance to view the fascinating biodiversity and dense
population of its wild residents. Game drives are done in 4x4 vehicles
making it accessible to reach further grounds while your guide shares his
knowledge and enlightens you with wildlife behaviors and its symbiotic
relationship with its habitat.
Chobe Boating Safari In Africa, Botswana
A boating safari on the Chobe riverfront
provides another fantastic way to see wildlife up, close and personal
either when bathing or drinking from the river or hanging around the river
bank. Herds of trumpeting elephants can generally be seen while grunting
hippo pods, water birds, and prehistoric crocodile can be best viewed in
their natural wet habitat. The boating safari offers a perfect way to end
your day watching the African sunset closing down on the Chobe River while
sipping your cocktail.