Botswana :: Four Nations
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area
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The Chobe National Park, established in 1968, is Botswana’s first national park and home to the largest elephant population in Africa. The park has a surface area of some 11 700km², stretching from the Chobe River in the north, to the Khwai river in the south, and including the floodplains of the Chobe Riverfront, the Savute Swamp region, and the woodlands in between.
The Chobe river has its origin in Angola where it's known as the Kwando River; it then becomes the Linyanti river before changing its name to Chobe at the Ngoma Border post, whereafter it joins the Zambezi river on the way to Victoria Falls. Together, the Chobe, Okavango and Zambesi Rivers carry more water than all the other rivers in southern Africa combined.
Game viewing can be done via self-drive safaris, or boat cruises and game drive vehicles from Kasane.
|Address :||Kasane, Chobe/Kasane, Botswana|
|Cellphone Reception :||Intermittent|
Summer: 05h30 to 18h30; Winter: 06h00 to 18h00 (variable on the day)
|Facilities :||Lodging, Camping|
|Closest Main Route :||A33|
|Closest Town :||Kasane|
Inside the Chobe Riverfront part of the park accommodation is restricted to Ihaha campsite and two upmarket private game lodges. But the park is easily accessible from the nearby town of Kasane where there’s a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
If you don’t feel like driving, a boat cruise on the Chobe river is an exceptional way to experience this park.
The Chobe Riverfront is the busiest region of the Chobe National Park so game drives may be limited to certain times of the day and may be restricted to certain areas. After high rainfall in the Angola catchment region, the Chobe may flood its banks causing access to the riverfront track to be restricted too.
Day visitors to the park have to buy an entry permit at Ngoma Gate (BWP cash only) or Sedudu Gate (credit card and BWP cash).
PICNIC & ABLUTIONS:
Picnic and ablution facilities are available at Serondela - the remains of a camp used for timber production before the area was declared a national park.
Although there are no services available inside the park, Kasane has a police station, hospital,
shops, ATMs, foreign exchange bureaus, a laundry, and most other services required by visitors.
If you plan to travel from the Chobe Riverfront through the Savute region to Moremi and on to Maun, you will need to carry sufficient fuel to reach Maun, there's no fuel available en-route.
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