Chobe National Park and Savute

North of the Okavango Delta lies Chobe National Park, best known for its massive herds of elephant.

Established in the 1930s, this was Botswana’s first reserve and today, it is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife sanctuaries in Africa with all manner of predators, plentiful antelope and some 440 recorded species of bird.

Most visitors to this 11,700km2  park stay aboard luxury houseboats or in well-established safari lodges around the Chobe River, which is very popular with large pachyderm family groups as well as buffalo and giraffe especially during the dry season. Birding in this area is of particular note, whilst the iconic Victoria Falls is just a little over an hour’s drive from many of the upscale properties on the riverfront.

River cruises are the highlight of a Chobe River safari – the best way to view a quintessential African sunset and to appreciate the diversity of species that inhabit this scenic ecosystem. Game drives are available from land-based lodges, whilst community visits may also be available depending on where you choose to stay.

In the park’s arid west is the Savute, an extremely rich wildlife area. This remote and rarely visited region boasts some of the country’s best predator-viewing especially when the waterway that feeds it has mostly dried up. Activities here are predominantly land-based centered around game drives and nature walks, with boating possible when water levels are high enough.

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Chobe & Savute Highlights

  • The Chobe River – famous for some of the highest densities of elephant in Africa
  • Boat cruises as well as game drives
  • Abundant large predators especially around the Savute Channel
  • Stunning sunsets all year round
  • A paradise for bird-watchers and safari enthusiasts

When To Go

Moderate temperatures and lack of water elsewhere in Chobe National Park and Savute make the “winter” months of May through to September the best time to visit. However, gameviewing is good in this reserve all year round.

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Chobe & Savute Accommodation

The following are some of the lodges that we recommend in the Chobe National Park and Savute regions. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Chobe Game Lodge

The only lodge in Chobe National Park situated right by the magnificent Chobe River, Chobe Game Lodge offers a classic luxury safari experience.

Chobe Princess Safariboats

The three Chobe Princess Safariboats offer relaxed voyages along the wildlife-rich Chobe River, uncovering its many animal and bird species completely at leisure.

Muchenje Safari Lodge

Situated on the quieter western side of Chobe National Park, lofty Muchenje Safari Lodge offers captivating views of the Chobe River, Caprivi Strip and surrounding floodplains.

Ngoma Safari Lodge

Ngoma Safari Lodge is built with natural materials to blend into its beautiful surroundings, and boasts the largest elephant herds on Earth at its doorstep.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Perched above the Chobe River at the edge of Chobe National Park, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero offers sweeping views over the islands and floodplains all the way to the Namibian border.

Savute Safari Lodge

Situated beside the ephemeral Savute Channel, this atmospheric safari lodge accommodates guests in thatched chalets, with the majority of game drives visiting the teeming Savute Marsh.

Zambezi Queen Houseboat

The Zambezi Queen is a tri-level houseboat built to exacting standards - an ideal vessel upon which to explore the mighty Chobe River.

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Botswana Overview

What is the best thing to do in Botswana?
Stunning safari experiences; Abundant Wildlife including big cats; Exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta; Bushmen of the Kalahari; Birding; Mokoro trips.

When is the best time to see Animals in Botswana?
Best during the dry season (May-Oct), but game can be seen year-round in many parts.

What is the Climate in Botswana?
During the winter months of May-Sep days are dry, sunny and dusty with average temperatures of 25°C. Mornings and evenings can be very cold. Temperatures from Oct-Apr (Summer) can be very hot, reaching 38°C, with some rain.

What can I combine Botswana with?
Victoria Falls; the stunning sand dunes of Namibia; cosmopolitan Cape Town; a beautiful beach resort in Mauritius or Mozambique.

How to get to Botswana?
The main gateway to the Delta is Maun. Maun is a popular Delta access point as it is linked by daily air services from Johannesburg, where most visitors begin their Botswana itineraries.

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