AFRICAN OVERLAND

Chobe National Park

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Chobe National Park is undoubtedly one of the most diverse and beautiful national parks in Africa. Stretching over an area of 11700 km² the park includes four distinct areas namely the Chobe River front, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuti and Linyanti.

The most visited area of the park is the Chobe River front which is easily accessible from Kasane town. Only 4x4 vehicles can enter the park so staying in Kasane and enjoying game drives and boat cruises operated by most lodges in the area is a good option if you don’t have a 4x4.

The Chobe River front is well known for the large herds of elephants and buffalo that frequent the floodplains and river in the dry season.

Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the Chobe National Park which makes this a excellent venue for specialist birding safaris.

Chobe has also become the hotspot for photographic safaris due to the fact that you can get so close to the animals while on a boat cruise, the scenery is special and Chobe has one of the best sunsets in the world.

The Ngwenzumba Pans lie about 70km south west of Kasane and are a hotspot for animal life in the rainy season when the pans fill up with water. The pans are surrounded by Mopane woodland and grass plains and make for a good alternative for the animals to move away for more permanent water.

Linyanti has a permanent water source and has a public campsite. Here game viewing is excellent in the dry winter months as animals congregate around permanent water.

Savuti is probably the best known spot in the park for viewing predators and has been the location of many documentaries.

The Savuti channel flows from the Linyanti River for about 100km and empties out into the Savuti Marsh. The channel has flowed and dried up many times in the past centuries but when it flows it becomes home to hundreds of birds and animals.

Chobe is a must visit destination - for more information view: www.chobenationalpark.co.za