Just a hop, skip and a jump over the border from Victoria Falls and into Botswana, the bush of Chobe National Park is teeming with big game. Chobe is best known for its magnificent herds of elephants, while down in the Chobe River hippos wallow and crocs slither on the muddy riverbank. It’d be fair to say that on a safari in Chobe National Park you don’t get quite the wilderness feel here that you do in some of the private conservancies of the Okavango Delta, but this is an ideal place to come for a night or two at the beginning of a safari in Botswana.
What to do in Chobe National Park?
We’d never come to Chobe without doing a game drive along the river, and into the more remote areas of the park, but we’d think you’d be crazy to come and not try at least one boat safari. These are a glorious use of an afternoon,, pottering down the river in an utterly tranquil manner, watching the animals as they come to water. If you’re a birder, we’d probably make a boat safari mandatory. Many of the Chobe lodges are also able to arrange fishing as an additional activity. If you’re after a safari from the air, then why not try hot air ballooning, which is available near the National Park.
The vast majority of our guests coming to Chobe arrive or depart via Kasane. A quick drive around town is lovely- ideal for picking up a few treasures to bring home, and fascinating to see the baobab tree that was once used as a prison.
Lastly, if you aren’t visiting Victoria Falls already, a day trip from the falls is also possible from Chobe, just make sure to pack your passport for the border crossings!
Our pick of places to stay in Chobe National Park
Please do ask us if there’s somewhere you’d like to stay that you don’t see here- we work with lots of safari camps and lodges, but we write them up slowly!