Established in 1968, Chobe National Park is Botswana's third largest National Park, covering 11,700 square kilometres, and one of its' oldest protected areas, previously being protected as non-hunting Game Reserve. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary.
In 1932, 24,000km2 of land was declared a non-hunting area following the trend set by the newly-proclaimed Kruger National Park in South Africa to move away from the short-term exploitation of wildlife through hunting and instead investing in sustainable long-term conservation and tourism.
The National Park divided into four main regions or zones. The Serondela area or Chobe riverfront, is the main area accessible from Kasane and features floodplains and riverine woodland. The water of the river is a major attraction to wildlife during the dry season (June-October). Chobe is famed for its large numbers of elephant, as well as concentrations of hippo and crocodile. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Two other specialist wetland antelope species are also found here, the red lechwe and sitatunga.
The Savuti Marsh area covers the western area of the park, fed by the erratic Savuti Channel, which dries up or flows periodically depending on subtle tectonic shifts and changes in the channels of the delta. Linyanti Marsh, located in the northwest corner of the park, is adjacent to the Linyanti River section. On the northern bank of the river lies Namibia’s Mamili and Mudumu National Parks.
Between these three main areas lie the hot and dry hinterland regions of the park.
The best time for visiting the riverfront area is in the dry winter months from June to October, when the dry hinterlands force animals to congregate around the rivers and permanent water sources. During the rains the bush is transformed into a lush verdant paradise, making game viewing more challenging, and flooding and poor road conditions may mean routes within the Parks are closed.
Our aim is to promote wildlife tourism to Chobe National Park and to support conservation and community projects on the ground - visit our Good Causes page for more information.
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