The Chobe National Park is situated in northern Botswana and is home to a large variety of wildlife. Animals you can see in Chobe National Park include elephants, giraffes, hippo’s, many species of antelope and birds. The Chobe and Zambezi Rivers form the northern boundary of the park, as well as the boundaries between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. The park, in the heart of southern Africa, is a popular safari destination as it offers a various options to view the abundant wildlife. Visitors get to see the animals up close on any of the land and water-based safaris whilst plane tours offer spectacular aerial views of the park. The best time to visit the Chobe National Park (map) is from May to September (during the dry/winter season) but in principle, there’s plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities throughout the year.

Chobe NP

I visited in the winter and was blown away by the beauty of the region. It was cold, especially in the mornings and evenings, but the spectacular wildlife sightings – and the warm blankets – more than compensated for the chill factor. I stayed on the Zambezi Queen, a safari cruise boat and made various excursions to the park by boat and jeep. After my first day at the park, I knew it for sure… I was spellbound by the stunning natural beauty and tranquility of the park.

Wildlife at Chobe National Park

Here’s a photo essay of what to see at Chobe National Park on both a boat and a jeep safari.

Our jeep
Our first animal sighting!
A pair of giraffes
A kudu and giraffe
A gorgeous impala
On the jeep safari
Kudu – doesn’t he look majestic?
On the river safari, we got up close to elephants and hippo’s
I didn’t know elephants could swim!
River safari at sunset
Giraffes near the riverbank at sunset
A glorious sunset at Chobe

How to get to Chobe

There are two main gateways into Chobe, both in the northern section of the park: Kasane, in Botswana, and Livingstone in Zambia, both of which have international airports. The northern section of the park is especially popular due to its proximity to other attractions such as the Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe, the Caprivi Strip in Nambia and the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

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Note: a big thank you goes to the staff of the Zambezi Queen for your wonderful hospitality. All views expressed above are, as always, mine.

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