Chobe Safari Experience, Chobe National Park

If it’s elephants you’re after, look no further than Chobe National Park in Botswana's north-eastern corner - it's home to the world’s largest elephant population. But there is much more to Chobe than just elephants; the park boasts one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa and it is the most biologically diverse park in the country.

It was the country’s first national park and has been a wildlife reserve since the 1930s. Today the park is home to all manner of wildlife; cape buffalo converge along the riverfront, lions and antelopes lurk in the woods and lagoons and the floodable grasslands attract birds and migrating zebras. It’s also one of the largest parks in the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, making it an excellent choice for a classic African safari.

On your day trip you’ll join a safari drive in search of the Big Five – the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and Cape buffalo - don’t forget to pack your camera! Later on you’ll head to the water for a cruise along the River Chobe where you’ll get closer to the brilliant bird life, pods of hippos, primeval crocodiles and elephant herds. Birdwatchers would do well to pack their binoculars, there have been more than 440 recorded species in this neck of the woods. In the afternoon it’s back to land based exploring; you’ll go on a game drive in search of some Africa’s most impressive big cats.

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I adore Africa and have lived and worked in South Africa as well as travelling across the wider region. Spotting a leopard during a night safari at Nambiti Private Game Reserve is definitely an experience I'll remember forever.

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