Chobe & Savute
Tens of thousands of elephants head for Chobe each year! The incredible wildlife region of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana also includes the arid Savute area.
We were engrossed seeing the elephants appearing out of the river. To start there was nothing then two humps rose out of the water - hippos we thought – but no. Elephants which had walked across on the riverbed completely submerged using their trunks to breathe!
The lifeblood of Chobe National Park is the Chobe River which forms the northern border of the park and attracts the parks’ famously huge herds of elephants and buffalos, especially around August to October.
Chobe is one of Botswana’s largest reserves and includes the riverfront and forest reserves area, and also the Savuti area which is further south and much more arid.
Chobe riverfront is one of the busier areas of Botswana (especially in July to September) due to the many lodges and hotels in the nearby town of Kasane.
Kasane has an airport, so you can access Chobe easily by plane as an option to driving in. Many people arrive at Chobe from Livingstone in Zambia or Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe if they’re not already in Botswana.
Let us tailor-make your wildlife safari holiday in Chobe and Savuti.
- Chobe wildlife: Chobe riverfront area has a wide diversity of game but it is particularly known for huge herds of elephants who are drawn to the river in the dry season. It’s also a great place to see sable antelopes. Wildlife viewing here is generally good all year. For the best wildlife sightings visit in the peak season (July to October), but note that it can get busy then and it’s more expensive at this time. If you prefer quieter places, consider the private reserves of Linyanti and Kwando further west in the peak season.
- Savute wildlife: Far south from the riverfront, Savute is a renowned wildlife area within Chobe especially known for excellent predator sightings, lions in particular. The Savute Marsh attracts the annual zebra and wildebeest migration in the wet season around November to May.
- Places to stay in Chobe & Savute: There is a good choice of hotels in Kasane just east of Chobe National Park, ranging from mid-priced to very luxurious.
A unique place to stay here is on a houseboat on the Chobe River, an excellent choice for a special experience.
There is only one permanent lodge within the park – the luxurious Chobe Game Lodge – plus some tented accommodation. There are also a few really good properties on the very west of the park (including Muchenje, Ngoma and Chobe Elephant Camp), a much quieter area as it’s quite far from Kasane.
Savuti also has some great places to stay including Ghoha Hills, Savuti Camp and Savuti Safari Camp.
- Of course, another alternative to all of the above suggestions is that you consider a mobile safari staying in a tent in the wilderness. Exciting!
- Activities at Chobe: You’re spoilt for choice for things to do here. Game drives, boat safari/river cruises, fishing, birdwatching, scenic flights, canoeing, visits to Victoria falls, cultural visits to a Namibian village, spa treatments, photographic tuition, visiting Caracal Biodiversity Centre.
- Victoria Falls: At Chobe riverfront, you’re only about 2 hours’ drive from the famous Falls. Many people visiting Chobe start or end their stay at one of the towns by the Falls (Livingstone in Zambia or Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe).