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Safari in the Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park is the second largest national park in Botswana and encompasses over 10,000 square km of rich habitat for one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of game. Chobe’s uniqueness is in it’s abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region which offers a Botswana safari experience of a lifetime.
The Chobe National 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, the Linyanti Swamps in the north-west and the hot dry hinterland in between.
A safari in Botswana’s Chobe National Park is popular due to the wonderful dense elephant population that can be found here. Currently the numbers of elephant found in the Chobe exceed well over 120,000. These Chobe elephant are migratory in nature, and make seasonal movements of up to 200 km from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they concentrate in the dry season around this sustained water source and then they move on again to the pans in the southeast of the park, to which they disperse during the rainy season.
The Chobe National Park offers extreme contrast and a broad array of wildlife experiences within the confines of one park. The park includes a variety of vegetational areas and geological features from almost tropical habitat of the Linyanthi swamp to the harsh almost desert-like landscape of the Savuti.
Chobe National Park was conceived as an area and first put forward to gain status in 1931, and just a year later an area over 24 000 square kilometres was declared a non-hunting zone. The area increased in size and by 1933 it had enveloped 31 600 square kilometres. For the next two decades the idea of Chobe National Park unfortunately was plagued by tsetse fly until 1957, when the idea was revisited. On review the proposed area was reduced to 21 000 square kilometres which was then reduced once again in the 1960’s. Finally in 1967 the area was designated officially as a National Park – the first one in the newly independent Botswana. Chobe National Park grew to cover more of an area in 1980 and then again in 1987 to reach its current size today.
The Chobe national park’s distinct regions are each attractive locations in their own right. The riverfront is the most visited area, as it is particularly famous for the large herds of Chobe elephants. Hippo, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and warthog are also present in good numbers in this large riverside area and enjoying a river trip through this area is a wonderful way to view the wildlife. The park's other special areas are Savuti and the Madabe Depression both of which enjoy a good density of game especially between November and May. The Chobe National Park combines well with the a few days on safari in the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls in Zambia to complete your luxury safari showing you the real Africa.