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A flourishing wilderness rich with game...perfect for a safari!
The Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park covers an area of over 10,000 square kilometres of some of the richest wildlife habitats and it is one of the biggest national park in Botswana after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The abundance of wildlife which includes, most famously, the huge families of Chobe elephant make this area of Botswana one of the most superb safari experiences and never to be forgotten.
The Chobe National Park has four completely different habitats that range from dry scrubland and mopane forest, to marshlands and rivers each creating a varied selection of attractive unique game locations. Because of the diversity and extreme contrasts of these habitats the Chobe National Park offers a diverse range of wildlife encounters within the boundaries of just one park. The varieties of lush vegetation and interesting geological aspects that exist in the park have created an almost tropical habitat within the Linyanti swamp that becomes the harsh near desert-like expanse of the Savuti.
The area gained its protected status of a non-hunting zone back in 1931, steadily increasing over the next two years until it covered some 31,600 square kilometres. However, over the following two decades the park suffered with an onslaught of tsetse fly and in 1957 the area was reviewed, continually reducing the size of it. Eventually, in 1967, the region was officially reborn as Chobe National Park, the inaugrual national park within the now independent Botswana and further reviews and fluctuations in size resulted in the area is covers today.
One of the most popular areas of the park to visit is the riverfront with its lush plains and dense forests. This large riverside area, along the northern border of the park, is famous for the large herds of elephants that congregate here together with good numbers of hippo, buffalo, warthog and zebra as well as kudu and sable. A leisurely river cruise through this area gives a unique perspective from which to enjoy watching the wildlife and the marshy floodplain is where you would be most likely to catch sightings of red lechwe and puku. The optimum time to enjoy this area would be to visit between June and October.
The Madabe Depression, a huge hollow that was once an ancient lake, and the area of Savuti that lies within it also has a superb density of wildlife and excellent game viewing, particularly during the months of November to May. To the north west of Savuti there is a rich wetland area called the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.
For those that are totally in love with all things elephant, Botswana's Chobe National Park is an absolute must because of the large elephant population resident here. Elephant families found in the Chobe National Park are flourishing and currently are in excess of 120,000. These Chobe elephant are migratory in nature with their seasonal movements covering an area of up to 200 kilometres. Annually they journey from the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers, a sustained water source, where they have been in concentrations during the dry season, south eastwards where they disperse during the rainy season.
For wildlife enthusiasts The Chobe National Park works excellently with a few days on safari in the Okavango Delta concluding with a relaxed sojourn at one of the romantic lodges close to the Victoria Falls area of Zambia, delivering a wonderfully, authentic African safari experience.