Chobe National Park, Botswana: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Considered one of the main destinations in Botswana and southern Africa, the Chobe National Park covers about 11.000 square kilometers and is one of the most famous places for beautiful safaris, surrounded by swamps, floodplains, grasslands and mopane forests. Once a region inhabited by Basarwa Bushmen, who left their testimony with the rock paintings on the rocky hills, in 1967 it became a park where flora and fauna abound. The Chobe is divided into three zones: Savuti, linyanti and Chobe Riverfront.

Find out with us how organize a visit to Chobe National Park, in Botswasa: where is it, when to go and what to see.



Index

  1. Where it is
  2. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  3. What to bring: recommended clothing and equipment
  4. What to do and what to see: animals, activities and places of interest
  5. Excursions and guided tours in Chobe Park
  6. How much does it cost to visit Chobe National Park? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Where it is

The Chobe National Park is located in northwestern Botswana, A country in southern Africa, and is a national park within the Okavango-Zambezi Cross-border Conservation Area. It can be accessed from two locations: Kasane, to the north, gateway to the Chobe Riverfront and Linyanti area, and Maun, to the south of the park, to enter the Savuti area.

How to reach us

  • From the main European capitals: there are no direct flights to Maun or Kasane. Southafrica with Air Botswana flies with stopover in Johannesburg and Maun from London (18 h) and from Frankfurt (16 h); from Paris, Lufthansa in partnership with South Africa and Air Botswana operates flights with stopover Frankfurt / Johannesburg / Maun (19 h) - Compare flights to Chobe National Park

How to get to Chobe National Park

Once landed in Maun or Kasane, it is possible to rely on local agencies or organized tours which may also include safaris, accommodation and transfers.

The alternative is to rent a 4x4 car which allows freedom of movement and independence, however you must be able to move on sandy tracks and roads that are not always paved without difficulty. The cost of renting an off-road vehicle is around 1.305,00 BWP (Botwasa pula), or about € 100,00 per day.



When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: two seasons; winter from May to October, dry and with temperatures between 6 ° and 24 °, and summer from November to April, which coincides with the rainy season and maximum temperatures of 34 °
  • Best time: the dry season, from April to October; the fauna meets near the pools to drink and it is easier to spot wild animals
  • Period to avoid: the rainy season, especially from January to March due to the abundant rainfall that also makes travel difficult
  • Advice: in your suitcase it is suggested to bring light and sporty clothes, a sweater, a wool hat and a waterproof jacket (for the austral winter), a sun hat, a sweatshirt, a telescope

What to bring: recommended clothing and equipment

  • Clothing: t-shirts with short and long heats, long trousers, a swimsuit (often in the lodges there is a swimming pool), a sweatshirt, a rain jacket, a sweater and a half-weight jacket (for winter), hat and sunglasses
  • Equipment: camping equipment (tent, mattress, sleeping bag) which can also be rented in Maun or Kasane if you intend to camp; spyglass, maps, tourist guides, broad spectrum drugs, flashlight, field kitchen, water and petrol cans

What to do and what to see: animals, activities and places of interest

  1. Chobe River Front, with a safari by car at dawn and in the late afternoon to spot numerous animals such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions and if you are lucky leopards and cheetahs
  2. 3 hour cruise in the late afternoon on the Chobe River which allows you to see hippos, crocodiles, zebras, buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, giraffes and numerous species of birds from the water
  3. Safari by car in the Savuti area between swamps and semi-desert areas where it is possible to spot all the animals of the savannah except rhinos
  4. Leopard Rock, in the Savuti area, where monoliths and caves stand out, often the preferred habitat of leopards
  5. Gobabis Hill, another monolith in the Savuti area, with several groups of rock paintings made by the San people about 4000 years ago. The area is also inhabited by numerous leopards and lions
  6. The track that runs along the Linyanti River, in the northwestern part of the Chobe, which attracts numerous animals such as elephants, cheetahs, leopards, lions and wild dogs
  7. Walking safari in one of the three areas of Chobe, accompanied by renger and guides who will tell you the history of the area and explain flora and fauna
  8. Romantic dinner on the river, organized on board a boat that will transport you on the waters of the Chobe River giving you the opportunity to listen to the sounds of the savannah
  9. Staying in a lodge or camp site inside the Chobe National Park (make sure you book early); this will allow you to be totally immersed in nature
  10. Admire the sunrise and sunsetby taking part in organized safaris it is possible to visit the park before sunrise and at sunset; those who visit the park independently must adhere to the time slots 9: 00-14: 30

Excursions and guided tours in Chobe Park

How much does it cost to visit Chobe National Park? Prices, offers and advice

The cost to visit the Chobe National Park depends on the type of safari what you intend to do and from the accommodations you choose for your stay.

L'entrance to the Park is 120,00 BWP (€ 9,00) per day per person, to which must be added the cost of the vehicle which, depending on the size, varies from 1000,00 BWP to 1500,00 BWP (€ 75,00 / € 112,00, 800,00). If you decide to take a game drive accompanied by guides, the cost is about 60,00 BWP (€ 3) for 3 hours, while the 450,00-hour safari boat starts from 33,00 BWP (€ ) ).

As regards the nights, the cost ranges from about 260,00 BWP per person (€ 20,00) for a tent place in a campsite inside the Chobe to a minimum of 4.755,00 BWP (€ 356,00) for a lodge always at inside the park.



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Travel informed: useful information on Botswana

  • Inhabitants: 2.254.068
  • Capital: Gaborone
  • Languages: sestwana and english
  • Local currency: chaff from Botswana (BWO) / € 1,00 = 13,34 BWP
  • Weather: sub-desert, with scarce and irregular rainfall; the temperature variations, both daily and annual, are quite high. The average temperature of the capital Gaborone is 18,5 °
  • vaccinations: no compulsory vaccination, yellow fever vaccination is required only in case of transit even only daily in high-risk countries. Recommended vaccines hepatitis A and B, anti-diphtheria and tetanus, anti-malarial prophylaxis if you go during the rainy season
  • Entry requirements: passport with at least 6 months of residual validity; visa not required for tourist stays up to 90 days
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.


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