Elephant Paradise Found
The Chobe National Park is a world-renowned safari destination. The variety of animals within the park astounds, and the vast number of elephants can be beyond imagination. During the late winter months, when the seasonal waterholes in the interior have dried up, the animals move to the Chobe River (which borders the north of the park) to quench their thirst and savour the sweet grasses of the flood plains – providing some amazing photo opportunities.
A drive along the river-front or a boat cruise on the river itself allows for some of the best game-viewing and birding in Africa. Indeed, a stay in Chobe is not complete without getting on the river.
Accomodation here is varied, with high-end, reasonable and budget priced options all available. Houseboats are a popular choice and private campsites are available within the park for mobile safaris. Self drivers are welcome and access is easy from the buzzing nearby town of Kasane. This nearby town, has dozens of accommodation options for all budgets. The park entrance is a short 10 minute drive from the main center and boats leave from jetties in Kasane for boat cruises in the park. Therefore, staying inside the park is not absoloutely necessary.
One must be aware that the Chobe River region is a very popular destination, with large visitor numbers being the norm. Nevertheless, this should be a choice destination for first time visitors, and we do have suggestions for ways to avoid the crowds in Chobe.
Victoria Falls, either on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side, is a 2 hour road transfer away from Kasane, the main town in the Chobe area. The International airport in Kasane has regular connections to Maun and Johannesburg and is a popular choice to both start and finish your safari.
The recently launched KAZA UNIVISA allows visitors to travel between Zambia and Zimbabwe (and do day trips to Chobe) by buying only one visa. Please inquire for details.