Mega Elephant Herd Crossing The Chobe River

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The Chobe National Park is world renowned for having the highest concentrations of elephant in Africa. In the dry season particularly, thousands of elephants can be seen gathering on the banks of the Chobe River where they have access to fresh water, year-round. It is a spectacle one simply has to experience. Our location inside the Chobe National Park, along the Chobe River, is the ideal place from which to immerse yourself into this incredible eco system and wildlife haven.

At the end of October, in conjunction with Desert & Delta Safaris, we hosted the annual #ThisIsChobe social media campaign. A group of travel industry professionals and influencers were welcomed to the Chobe Region to experience the diversity of the Chobe National Park – and what an experience it was.

Elephant in the Chobe National Park on the Chobe River
Elephant on the banks of the Chobe River

On our first afternoon river cruise, we witnessed one of the largest elephant crossings we’ve ever seen. Hundreds of elephants were seen along the riverbank between Chobe Game Lodge and the Puku Flats, on both the Botswana and Namibian sides of the river. The sightings were so immense it was difficult for our guide to decide where to go next. The group, many of whom had never been to the Chobe National Park, were taken aback by the sheer concentration of elephants along the water’s edge.

Not long into the afternoon cruise a massive herd of elephants was spotted on the Namibian side of the river, in an open floodplain. They were moving at a brisk pace toward the river and our guide anticipated that they were about to cross the river, into Botswana. She carefully maneuvered the electric boat into position as the herd started to gather on the water’s edge. The herd gathered on the banks for a brief moment before the first few took the plunge and a migration-esque movement started.

Elephant on the edge of the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park
Drinking on the edge of the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park

We sat in awe as we witnessed the massive herd make their way across the river and back into the Chobe National Park. At one point, the herd covered the entire stretch of the Chobe River with some members still climbing into the river in Namibia while the first were already on the opposite bank.

The below video and photos offer a glimpse of what it was like to witness this incredible spectacle.

Elephant crossing the Chobe River
The first of the herd entering the Chobe River
A massive herd of elephants crossing the Chobe River
Massive herd of elephant crossing the Chobe River
Elephants swimming across the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park
The herd swimming in the Chobe River
Elephant in the Chobe National Park in Botswana
Exiting the Chobe River and into the Chobe National Park

The Chobe National Park lived up to its reputation as the best region in Africa to see and photograph African Elephants. For more on the available activties from Chobe Game Lodge visit our Safari Activities page.

 

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