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Magnificent game viewing in Chobe National Park

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Chobe National Park is dominated on this northern border by the Chobe River, a river that at certain times of the year changes flow direction and which joins the Zambezi River in Kazungula. This is the point where four countries meet – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia.

This northern section of the park is known for its large herds of elephants and during the dry season especially there are times when one can see several hundred elephant drinking from the river at the same time – truly a sight to remember and one that cheers the soul.

It’s just perfect for elephant enthusiasts and quite often you will see the herds of elephant crossing the river and playing in the shallows, snorkelling up and trying to dunk each other.

Chobe is home to an exciting variety of large mammals and again, a large number of bird species. The northern area is especially good for some species that occur here – look out for half collared kingfisher, finfoot and white fronted cormorants. At certain times of the year pratincoles and elegant African skimmers nest on small islands in the river.

The Chobe River Front covers the stretch of river long the Namibian border and is a rich riverine forest with a marginal floodplain.

The Savuti area in the middle of the park has a spectacular marsh dominating a huge open plain where hippo, crocodile and water birds congregate and dominate and elephant herds, buffalo, giraffe and predators abound.

This marsh and the Savuti River have been the focus of many wildlife documentaries such as Stolen River and BBC Wildlife films narrated by David Attenborough.

Savuti is known for its hyena and lion conflicts but there are also predators such as jackal, leopard and wild dog here too. Indeed the few luxury camps in the channel are often visited by the cats.

The southern end of the park, with its annual zebra migration is where the park borders onto Moremi Game Reserve, another special reserve and the oldest in Botswana.

Chobe also comprises the central pans around Nogatsaa and Tchinga, very wild and remote grassy plains surrounded by woodland that are rarely visited by tourists yet can be extremely profitable in terms of sightings. There are large open waterholes here visited by roan and sable antelope.

Camping facilities are available in the northern end of the park around Serondela and Ihaha, in Savuti and also Nogastaa. There are some huge crocodiles often seen in Serondela and on either side are river banks that attract a profusion of game.

Spend your days exploring the park in 4x4 vehicles and by boat on the Chobe River – certainly a highlight and one of the loveliest and memorable afternoons one can have.

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