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Chobe River



The Chobe River rises in the Angola from which it travels under it's Hambukushu name, Kwando

The Chobe River rises in the Angola from which it travels under it's Hambukushu name, Kwando. It becomes the Linyanti (named by the Subiya) as it reaches Botswana and finally becomes the Chobe at the border post of Ngoma.  The Chobe runs along the northern border of Botswana, meeting the Zambezi and tumbling over the fault-line of Victoria Falls.  Towards the end of it's journey, the river becomes a twisting, broad arm of water snaking its way through swampland.  The Chobe National Park rests on its banks at this point and is home to a huge number of herbivores, especially elephant.  The wide banks and sweet grass attract plains game of all sorts; of particular interest are the swamp antelope, red lechwe.  The birdlife here too is extraordinary.

In terms of game viewing, this area is best explored by boat or in open game-drive vehicles.  Water-borne trips often yield surprising sites such as herds of elephant swimming across the river or particularly close encounters with hippo or crocodiles from the safety of a pontoon.  Game drives in this area are also often bountifully rewarded with the numerous prides of lion and the relatively habituated elephant don't seem concerned about vehicles, often coming close enough to reach a cheeky trunk almost inside the vehicle.

The area is well supplied with a range of accommodation options and the infra-structure is quite well-developed.  So while the game viewing and general scenery is really quite spectacular, certain areas of the park and during particular seasons may see more numerous two-legged visitors than the wilderness-seeker may appreciate.

A few of our favourite places to stay:

Chobe Chilwero

Chobe Chilwero occupies a beautiful location overlooking the


Muchenje Safari Lodge

Muchenje is one of the few properties actually inside the Chobe


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