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Chobe National Park

Located in the north of the country, Chobe National Park is Botswana’s third largest park and has one of the greatest concentrations of game.

Widely known for its spectacular elephant populations (estimated 50 000 elephants), massive buffalo herds and prolific birdlife, the Chobe National Park has plenty to offer everyone.  In the dry season the elephants congregate in the Chobe and Linyanti River areas drawing with them a variety of predators, especially lion.

The Chobe National Park can be divided up to four areas, each being unique in their own way. Botswana Bespoke Safaris will gladly advise you of which are would suit your safari best.

The Chobe Riverfront or Serondela area is situated in the extreme Northeast of the park and is made up of lush floodplains and dense woodland of mahogany, teak and other hardwoods which have been largely reduced by heavy elephant pressure experienced in the area. On the Northeast border of the park is the Chobe River which is a major watering spot for elephant breeding herds and a vast variety of other game.  This is probably Chobe’s most visited area which probably also has a lot to do with its very close proximity to the Victoria Falls.

In the Western stretch of the park one can find the Savute Marsh area.  This is a relic of a large inland lake, cut off from its water supply by tectonic movements.  The marsh is now fed by the Savute Channel, which has an erratic water supply and dries up for long periods.  Due to this variable flow there are hundreds of dead trees along the channel’s bank adding an eerie atmosphere.  There are also extensive open savannas and open rolling grasslands making wildlife in the area particularly dynamic, especially during the annual zebra migration which brings with it a large number of predators.

The Linyanti area is located in the northwest corner of the Chobe National Park, north of Savute.  It is adjacent to the Linyanti River and to the west lies the Selinda Reserve and on the northern bank the Kwando River.  Most of this area consists of floodplains however around these two river systems one can see riverine woodlands, open woodlands and lagoons.  The area's relative remoteness makes it a favoured safari destination.

Nogatsaa lies between the Linyanti and Savute areas towards the east of the Park.  It mainly consists of Mopane woodlands with some open grasslands and is a great place for spotting eland. Being far more remote than most other areas within the Chobe National Park getting here can take a bit longer. This area of the Chobe National Park is by far the less explored and due to its remoteness one rarely sees any other tourists whilst on safari here.

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