Nestled in the far corners of Northern Botswana, like a sentinel that overlooks the area where four countries meet. The Chobe region is indeed one of the most magical places on earth. Home to the largest population of elephants and buffalos, the area teems with a plethora of diverse and rich wildlife. From the lions and leopards that occupy the rich teak riverine forests, to the smaller herbivores that traverse the grass plains. For avian enthusiast the Chobe region is a haven. Offering some bird species only found in this region in Botswana. The trumpeter hornbill with its hauntingly beautiful call, going deeper into the jackal berry forests witness the Schalows Turacao with its emerald green upper feathers and bright ruby red underwings.
The majestic Chobe River, with its perineal waters is a life source, a heartbeat to all life around this region. Meandering all the way from the Angolan highlands and connecting with the mighty Zambezi, take a late afternoon Chobe sunset cruise and experience another side of the Chobe, witness large crocodiles sunbathing on the banks, water monitor lizards, like ancient dinosaurs patrol the bank looking for a quick meal. Watch the hi banks turn into a myriad of color as the bee eaters fly in and out of their nests preparing, feeding and courting. Be awed by hundreds of elephants come down to drink, communicating in their ancient silent language offering the traveller unique photo opportunities and lifetime memories that remain etched in the back of your mind.
Some interesting facts on Chobe National Park:
- The first national park to be established in Botswana in 1967
- The area 11,700 sq.km.
- Known as the area where four countries meet. Botswana, Angola, Namibia Zimbabwe and Zambia.
- Form a large part of the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier conservation area
- Water source starts in the Angolan highlands and end in the Zambezi. Depending on which tributary fills up first, the Chobe River either flows south or north
- Home to the largest population of the African elephant (loxodonta Africana) estimated at 120 000
- Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton got married for the second time one of the famous lodges in the Chobe
Activity highlights in Chobe National Park include the following:
- Boat cruises;
- Visit to the snake park;
- Visit to the culture market; and
- Game drives.