When Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus, some believe she trundled back to the jungle, but where exactly might this mysterious jungle be, inquisitive minds might wonder? Our best guess is that she trumpetytrumped all the way to the world renowned confines of Chobe National Park and we’ve got good reason to believe so.
Famous for the march of more than 70000 migratory African elephants, Chobe National Park is visited by many and is without a doubt, one of Botswana’s magnificent treasures.
Flowing from within the borders of Angola, the Kwando River pierces through Botswana’s border, feeding the Linyanti Swamp river valleys and from there, it forges below and forms the Linyanti River. The stream courses steadily eastward and transform yet again into the Chobe River before merging with the Zambezi. It is the surge of these currents that gives life to some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.
Great herds of zebra, buffalo and not forgetting elephants too, journey toward these flowing rivers during the dry season, causing many predators and their prey to congregated around the lush forested parts of the waterways.
The Linyanti Reserve which borders Chobe National Park consists of marshy vistas, open floodplains, rolling savannas and the Savuti Channel which are home to hundreds of hippos. The mopane forests and open plains of the Kwando Reserve are probably where you’ll find most of the wildlife convening. From many species of antelope to wild dogs, giraffe and wildebeest; the prey of the reserves nonchalantly minding their own business as they try their best not to be eaten by the opportunistic prowl of the hunting lion.
Chobe National Park is a collection of paradise-like eco-systems, swarming with the flutter of remarkable birdlife which are attracted by the thriving growth of lush plant species; all coming together to fill the outstandingly beautiful landscape of the Africa wilderness.
The best access to the region is from Kasane or Maun Airports which offer a regular air transfer service directly to lodges and camps. There are regular regional flight services from Johannesburg to Maun and Livingstone (an hour’s road transfer away from Kasane)
To fully appreciate the vast landscape and its wildlife, we suggest a stay of 5 to 7 nights.
ANCIENT SAILING: The many river valleys, swamps and streams attract a plethora of wildlife and with a traditional mokoro, these waters become a majestic windingcourse of exploration. The mokoro is a dugout canoe used by the indigenous people who occupied the land hundreds of years ago.
Drift across the slow current of the Linyanti River and listen to the cry of the overflying birds. You may even get a chance to witness Africa’s big cats as they skilfully stalk buffalo that come to graze along the grassy floodplains, some meters away from you.
Although visited by many tourists, the infrastructure at Chobe National Park is largely undeveloped, embodying an African wilderness. In this wilderness you will find the luxury of superbly detailed safari lodges.
These lodges can rival the best, with meticulous attention to detail, outstanding services and majestic views of the African landscape.
The region is characterized by arid savannah plains, typical of the Kalahari. These plains, unlike other desert landscapes, are well vegetated with grass-covered sand dunes.
The Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe River meander through the park and reserves, feeding dense forests of mopane and broadleaf woodlands.
The areas surrounding Chobe were believed to be inhabited by ancient Bushmen, Hambukushu, Bayei and Basubiya. In 1961 Chobe became a protected game reserve by law, and in 1968, after the death of many wildlife, the game reserve was declared a national park.
Nonetheless, even after merciless hunting, the park’s wildlife continued to flourish and because of this, in the 1980’s, tourists flocked to Chobe National to get a glimpse of African wildlife. As a result of tourism and its devastating impact, in 1987 the Botswana government adopted a policy causing major cost inflation, but thankfully resulting in less tourist traffic.
Today, Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s most impressive conservation efforts
RIVER CRUISE: The miraculous spectacle of fading fiery reds and intense orange hues bursts across the clear blue sky with its final vigour as the African sun sets beneath savannah horizons.
Sail into the suns ambience and bask in fleeting rays as you enjoy a palatial cruise down the Chobe River with champagne in hand. Can you think of any other better way than to basking in the African ambience while meandering upon a river cruise?
Chobe close to the Northern boder of Botswana, easy access to Victoria Falls; Kwando & Linyanti more remote areas with private concession. Known for their large elephant herds especially in the dry season.
Chobe National Park and its surrounding reserves generally experience the rainy season during the warm and humid months of November to March.
From May to October you can expect the surface water to evaporate and temperatures become very hot. This is the best time to view game as they tend to congregate around rivers and its surrounding forests.
Where the waters of the Okavango River meet the fertile Kalahari Sands, it forms a wildlife wonderland like no other place on earth. The matrix of waterways, forested islands and seasonal flood plains supports an amazing diversity and concentration of African animals. Here you will find some of the loveliest camps and lodges tucked away in large private concessions.
We combine a water based camp with a land based camp to offer the best experience of the Okavango Delta with a mix of activities which include boat safaris, traditional mokoro dug-out canoe trips and 4x4 game drives. The best way to access these camps is by small charter aircraft which fly at low altitude giving you a wonderful aerial perspective of the vast swampland.
The Chobe National Park to the north offers exceptional wildlife viewing along the Chobe and Linyanti rivers. The area is famous for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo and spectacular birdlife.
This is a water safari paradise, especially at the end of the day, during the legendary sundowner cruise with the grunt of hippo and the call of the African Fish Eagle.
Due to its proximity to Chobe, we include a visit to experience the mighty Victoria Falls as the great Zambezi cascades into a giant chasm between the towns of Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The southern sub region of Africa is one of the richest places on earth. It is packed with spectacular scenery, unrivalled biodiversity, amazing year-round weather and vibrant cultural multiplicity.
There is a great regional travel network with both scheduled and charter flights conveniently linking destinations. From the arid western shores to the tropical eastern coast and Indian Ocean Islands, here lies an endless world of adventure, wilderness and nature.
If time is a factor and you want to focus your holiday on a combination of top destinations which afford you a good perspective of southern Africa, we have blended journeys that take in the very best into a selection of highlight packages. These itineraries include the best wildlife location, natural spectacles like Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and the Namib Desert including visits to Cape Town.
No matter what your interest is, it is our speciality to tailor journeys in the region that fits your pace and budget. Let us inspire you!
For the hardened traveler you can explore great destinations in multiple countries. An example for this is at Kazungula where Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. To the east of South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are in close proximity of each other.
Each country has a unique character and they are all very different from each other in landscape and culture.
Regional travel is relatively okay if you remain on the main routes, however distances are vast and the conditions can at times be challenging due to some badly maintained roads and poor local driving etiquette. The best way to travel regionally is by air charter which is not only convenient scheduled but it gets you directly to your destinations without extra stops and wasted time.
Let us plan your itinerary to most efficiently use the best travel options available to make your journey more comfortable and cost efficient.