The main reason for taking a safari in Chobe is the river. This is the lifeblood attracting Chobe’s famously huge herds of elephants. The park is also home to a prolific and diverse number of other species too, making it a popular destination. This popularity can make it very busy at times, but it’s still worth it.
Savuti is part of Chobe National Park but it is further south in a much more arid area. The dry landscape is quenched by the seasonal and sporadic Savuti Channel and Marsh, making it a highlight for big game and excellent for predators. Both are amazing wildlife destinations.
Here are the main reasons for coming here:
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The best season for safaris in Chobe and Savuti is the dry season, running from roughly May to October, with July to October being the peak months as grasses have died and wildlife is congregating by water sources.
At the start of the rainy season, roughly November, many animals start to give birth, and wildlife disperses more widely throughout the park. Birdlife is especially good in the rainy season (Nov to April) and wild flowers flourish.
December to March are the months you are going to get good green season deals on the lodges, with May (and sometimes June) and November being classed as shoulder season for some lodges, so still cheaper than high season.
You can come to Chobe and Savuti either on a fly-in lodge safari, or a mobile camping safari, or perhaps even a self-drive safari if you’re feeling adventurous. Light aircraft companies in Botswana fly the short hops between lodges throughout the country.
Most Chobe lodges will include a boat safari if you have at least 2 nights, and tend to offer twice daily game drives in the park.
Kasane is the closest airport to Chobe but some more remote lodges, especially in Savuti, have their own airstrips so you can get much closer to them without driving for miles.
Most visitors combine Chobe and/or Savuti with time in the Okavango Delta and often with a few days in nearby Victoria Falls in Zambia or Zimbabwe. It only takes about 2 hours to get from Kasane to the Falls.
The majority of the Chobe lodges are in or near Kasane. The only lodge within the park itself is Chobe Game Lodge, which we really like even though it’s quite large. There is also a very good tented camp in the park called Chobe Under Canvas, run by luxury operator And Beyond.
It is also worth considering the lodges in the west of Chobe in the Chobe Forest Reserve area ”“ the upmarket Ngoma Safari Lodge is gorgeous, but then we also really like Muchenje Safari Lodge, and the more rustic Chobe Elephant Camp also has its place.
In Savuti, there are some more remote lodges such as Ghoha Hills to the east, as well as the lovely camps of Savuti Camp and Savuti Safari Lodge.
A gorgeous luxury lodge in a secluded position on the edge of Chobe National Park.
A homely camp set on a high ridge with far-reaching views of the Chobe River and vast floodplains, just minutes from the national park.
The only luxury lodge in Chobe National Park, with a prime position by the river.
Chobe Safari Lodge offers game viewing in one of Africa's most prolific wildlife areas.
Camping in private sites surrounded by nature, exploring by boat and 4x4, Chobe Under Canvas is an immerseive safari experience.
Elephant Valley Lodge is located in the game rich Kasane Forest Reserve, near Chobe National Park.
The hillside location overlooking the plains and the superb game viewing make this a popular lodge in Savuti.
The 11 thatched chalets are in a peaceful riverside location near Chobe National Park, making Kubu an ideal base for wildlife viewing.
High quality mobile camping safaris in Northern Botswana.
A friendly lodge on the west side of Chobe National Park, Muchenje Safari Lodge offers great game viewing.
Small lodge offering air conditioned accommodation set on a ridge above the Chobe River and floodplain, with a choice of land and water-based safaris.
12-room lodge overlooking the Savute Channel providing game drives and comfortable accommodation.
A fully serviced camp providing comfy en-suite accommodation, twice daily game drives and dinner by the camp fire beneath the stars.
A family-owned guesthouse overlooking the Chobe River with a relaxed and friendly vibe.
4 luxury houseboats, the Zambezi Queen and 3 Chobe Princesses, with en-suite cabins and ample indoor and deck space for relaxation.
Time: GMT +2hrs
Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.
Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.