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CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Chobe National Park covers 10,566 square km and is the second largest national park in Botswana. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. The Park offers extreme contrasts and a variety of wildlife experiences within the limits of one park. It covers a variety of vegetation types and geological features that vary from the almost tropical habitat of the Linyanthi swamp to the severe, desert-like landscape of the Savuti, and from the lush Chobe floodplain grassland to the deep sands of the Brachestegia woodland. It also has the Mababe depression with its black cotton soil and Acacia scrub, as well as the pan-studded mopane and Combretum areas at Nogatsaa. A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population currently estimated at around 120,000. The Chobe elephant are migratory, making seasonal movements of up to 200 km from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they concentrate in the dry season, to the pans in the southeast of the park, to which they disperse in the rains.  Chobe National Park was named after the Chobe River, which forms the northern boundary of the park. The Chobe River area is very rich in plant life, offering Bachestegia sandveld, mopane woodland, mixed Combretum veld, floodplain grassland and the riverine woodland. The latter has, unfortunately, been severely damaged by elephants and has in places been reduced to scrub or totally denuded.

The park is divided into four absolutely different eco systems; Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area in the extreme north-east; the Savuti Marsh in the west about 50 km north of Mababe gate; the Linyanti Swamps in the north-west the hot dry hinterland in between.

Accommodation at Chobe
1. Chobe Savanna Lodge can be accessed by road and is located in the Eastern Caprivi of Namibia

2. Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent game lodge situated within the boundaries of Chobe National Park and can be reached by road.

3. Elephant Valley Lodge is located in the Lesoma Valley which lies in the heart of the Kasane Forest Reserve and can access the lodge by road.

4. Chobe Marina Lodge is situated just out side of the town of Kasane, on the Chobe River and by road, one can reach it.

5. Chobe Chilwero Lodge can be reached by road and is situated at the borders the Chobe National Park

6. Chobe Chilwero has luxurious thatched cottages, with ensuite, private gardens and terraces overlooking the magnificent Chobe River. Although located in Botswana, this small, intimate lodge is easily accessed from Zambia and the world famous Victoria Falls.

7. Impalila Island Lodge is situated at the meeting place of two mighty African rivers, the Chobe and Zambezi, and four countries, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Savuti
The Savuti Game Reserve covers a total area of 11 700 square kilometer and has a favored game-viewing area in the southern region of Chobe National Park. Chobe and Savuti are well known for their large herds of animals. The Savute channel runs through Savuti and has the tendency to flood and dry up, unrelated to rain or the lack thereof. Large dead trees in the Channel are a photographer’s dream and the Camelthorns are estimated to be more than 35 years old. Despite being an almost semi-desert like area, a Savuti safari offers an astounding game experience, with wildlife massing under the few available trees and around sources of water. Great herds of elephant congregate around water at sunset, making for a breathtaking spectacle as the twilight gathers. Birdlife is excellent and the nights resound to a soundtrack of nocturnal wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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