Chobe National Park

Home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, the Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s leading wildlife destinations. The famous Chobe River, which forms the Park’s northern boundary, provides a permanent source of water for the region’s large animal populations – the focal point for safari enthusiasts from around the world.

The diverse ecosystems in the park play a vital role in hosting a wide variety of animals. Large herds of buffalo and zebra, prides of lion, leopard, giraffe, kudu and the elusive wild dog are just a few of the species that can be seen while on safari in Chobe.

The combination of the ever-present Chobe River and the diverse vegetation make the park home to more than 450 species of birds, making it a must-visit destination for birding enthusiasts.

The ability to enjoy watching these vast numbers of animals from a safari boat is what makes a visit to the Chobe River an exceptional experience. On the river you will have the opportunity of witnessing this remarkable wildlife parade from the small, maneuverable safari boat equipped with deck chairs and sundowner drinks.

A trip to Botswana is not complete without a visit to the Chobe Riverfront. As the only lodge in this region inside the Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the diversity of this world-renowned destination.

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Seasonal information

December to March – The Green Season

The ’green season‘ heralds regular thunderstorms and cooling showers. The vegetation is lush – food and water are plentiful and large herds of antelope, elephants and buffalo give birth to their young. Birding is spectacular, with the migrants, including bee-eaters, rollers and kites in residence. Days are usually sunny and warm, reaching around 25–30 °C, with the famous afternoon thundershowers bringing a delightful coolness.

April to June – The Shoulder Season

With cooler evenings, sunny days and little or no rainfall, this period sees heightened activity along the river as animals become dependent on its water. Game viewing from June onwards becomes exceptionally good as the leaf drop begins and spotting animals through the vegetation becomes easier. Daytime temperatures average 25 °C and early mornings can be as cool as 4°C

September to November – The Dry Season

The dry season reaches its peak during these months. Chobe’s enormous elephant and buffalo herds gather on the dusty banks of the Chobe River to quench their thirst after a long, hot day, making for dramatic photo opportunities. Daytime temperatures can and often do reach in excess of 35°C

Why Chobe National Park

Chobe Elephants

Home to between 60,000 and 70,000 elephants, the Chobe National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in Africa allowing for exceptional sightings on the Chobe River.

Chobe River

The Chobe River in the north provides a vital source of water to a diverse wildlife population, making it a focal point for safari enthusiasts and wildlife photographers alike.

Wildlife Diversity

Chobe is home to a variety of wildlife, from predator species including lion, leopard and wild dog, to large populations of elephant, buffalo, hippo and a host of other animal species.


With easy access from South Africa via Kasane as well as neighbouring destinations like Victoria Falls, The Chobe National Park is one of Botswana’s most accessible parks.

Varied Experiences

From open 4WD game drives and relaxed Chobe River safaris to interactive cultural excursions, the Chobe National Park offers a whole range of activities to safari travelers.

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