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Chobe National Park

Botswana Safaris, home to the largest concentration of Elephants on Earth!


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Next to the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park is probably Botswana’s next most well known conservation area. It is a diverse area, from the border at the Chobe River, to the recently re-flooded Savute Channel, and beyond to the borders of the Moremi Game Reserve/ Okavango Delta. The Park is best known for its concentrations of elephant – some 120 000 individuals, along with good numbers of buffalo, antelope and predators. Birding is also excellent, with many migrants visiting from November to March.

Although there is much to see in the Chobe National Park, it is usually combined with Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta. We will Tailor-make your arrangements, and our consultants will offer suggestions to fit your interest and budget.

We look forward to showing you this remarkable area!


  
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The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square kilometres, read more about this remarkable destination...

 

Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area in the extreme north-east

The Savuti Marsh in the West

 

The Linyanti Swamps in the north-west

 

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MAP of The Chobe National Park

The idea of a national park to protect the varied wildlife found here as well as promote tourism first appeared in 1931. The following year, 24,000 square kilometres around Chobe district were officially declared non-hunting area; this area was expanded to 31,600 square kilometres two years later.

In 1953 21'000 km² were suggested to become a game reserve. As a result, the Chobe Game Reserve was born in 1960 with an area smaller than originally wanted. Finally, in 1967, the reserve was declared a National Park - the first National Park in Botswana.

The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square kilometres, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime.

The park is divided into four distinctly different eco systems: Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area in the extreme north-east; the Savuti Marsh in the west about fifty kilometres north of Mababe gate; the Linyanti Swamps in the north-west and the hot dry hinterland in between.

Elephants fighting in the Chobe National ParkA major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population. First of all, the Chobe elephant comprise part of what is probably the largest surviving continuous elephant population. This population covers most of northern Botswana plus northwestern Zimbabwe. The Botswana's elephant population is currently estimated at around 120,000. This elephant population has built up steadily from a few thousand since the early 1900s and has escaped the massive illegal offtake that has decimated other populations in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Chobe elephant are migratory, making seasonal movements of up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they concentrate in the dry season, to the pans in the southeast of the park, to which they disperse in the rains. The elephants, in this area have the distinction of being the largest in body size of all living elephants though the ivory is brittle and you will not see many huge tuskers among these rangy monsters.

 

The original inhabitants of what is now the park were the San people, otherwise known in Botswana as the Basarwa. They were hunter-gatherers who lived by moving from one area to another in search of water, wild fruits and wild animals. The San were later joined by groups of the Basubiya people and later still, around 1911, by a group of Batawana led by Sekgoma.

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