Chobe and Linyanti
Home of the Great Herds
The Chobe National Park is located in the Northern part of Botswana and comprises an area of approximately 11 000 km². The park lies along the Chobe River, which borders Botswana and Namibia. The Chobe National Park is the second largest park in Botswana and is known for its superb game viewing all year round as it has one of the largest populations of game on the African continent. Chobe is probably most well known for its impressive herds of African Elephants. The Chobe River supports the largest concentration of elephant found anywhere in Africa and it is not uncommon to encounter herds in excess of a hundred.
Chobe National Park offers four distinct different ecosystems :
- Serondela area (or Chobe riverfront) in the north east has lush plains and dense forests which attract huge numbers of elephants and buffalo. The Serondela area is the most visited part of Chobe National Park, as it is situated near Victoria Falls.
- Savuti Marsh is situated in the west of the park. The Savuti Channel bisects the Chobe National Park and empties into the Savuti Marsh. The Savuti Marsh area is well known for its coverage in a number of popular wildlife documentaries, especially the National Geographic films by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Savuti has rich grasslands, savannah woodland and a large variety of trees and vegetation.
- Linyanti Swamps are situated on the western section of Chobe. The Linyanti River and marshes are complimented by the contrasting dry woodlands. The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve area is renowned for predators and large concentrations of game, particularly Elephant and Buffalo which move down to the Linyanti River at the start of the winter months.
- The Nogatsaa and Tchinga, a hot and dry hinterland - this area is for the adventurous traveller.The hinterland area holds water well into the dry season and attracts a profusion of game between August and October. This area is particularly good for viewing eland.
Chobe National Park is home to huge herds of Elephant, Buffalo, and Burchell's Zebra. There are high densities of predators such as Lion, Leopard, Spotted Hyena and Cheetah. The park also hosts more unusual antelope species like Roan and Sable, Puku, Tsessebe, Eland, Red Lechwe, Waterbuck, and the rare Chobe Bushbuck. Other more popular species such as Giraffe, Kudu, Warthog, Wildebeest and Impala also abound in the park.
Chobe National Park is easily accessed by road and by air. Guests are able to fly into Kasane Airport in Botswana, which is situated just outside the Chobe National Park. Kasane is a bustling town situated on the Chobe River and offers trouble free access to the Chobe National Park. In Kasane there is a large range of accommodation options to choose from, ranging from camp sites, to lodges and hotels. There are also flights into Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe or Livingstone Airport, Zambia. Combining a stay in Victoria Falls with a stay in Chobe National Park makes for a wonderful safari experience.
Chobe Game Lodge
Chobe Game Lodge is an elegant, five-star, fully Ecotourism-certified safari lodge and the only property located inside the world-renowned Chobe National Park and set on the banks of the famous Chobe River.Immerse yourself in an all-encompassing safari on land and water in one of Africa’s primary wildlife destinations as the Chobe Game Lodge staff share their passion and explore the diversity of Botswana’s Chobe National Park with you.
Chilwero, meaning a “place of high view”, accurately describes this exquisite lodge. The lodge sits above the Chobe River and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the islands and flood plains that stretch into Namibia. Guests at Chobe Chilwero will enjoy incredible wildlife sightings, elegant accommodations, silver service, gourmet meals and fine wines.
Chobe Savanna Lodge
Chobe Savanna is a luxury lodge located on a peninsula on the northern bank of the Chobe River in Namibia. The lodge overlooks the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park’s Puku Flats and is located approximately 90 kilometres west of Victoria Falls. This area is renowned for its diverse and prolific wildlife, including the rare Puku Antelope.
Chobe Under Canvas
Chobe Under Canvas exclusive tented safari camp is set up on or very close to the Chobe River. &Beyond has secured a number of prime sites in Chobe National Park for the sole use of their under canvas concept, these exclusive tented safari camps consist of just six carefully positioned luxury tented suites.
Muchenje Safari Lodge
Muchenje Safari Lodge’s position on an escarpment of the Chobe River means that it commands exceptional views. Guests can therefore enjoy game viewing from the convenience of their private veranda, the pool deck or one of the viewing decks. The lodge has just 11 guest rooms giving an exclusive feel to the property.
Savute Elephant Camp
Savute Elephant Camp is located along the banks of the dry Savute Channel. This area is characterized by sweeping expanses of savannah grasses and rocky outcrops. In stark comparison to the other Orient Express properties in Botswana that celebrate the water environment of the Okavango, Savute is an arid area where water is precious. Savute Elephant Camp offers a spectacular bird’s eye view of elephant drinking from the water hole just metres away from the main building. Savute is particularly well-known for its elephants and predators.
Savute Safari Lodge
Located on the banks of the now flowing Savute Channel, Savute Safari Lodge offers an exclusive safari experience in the renowned Savute area of Chobe National Park Part of a dynamic eco system that is renowned for its concentration of elephant and large lion prides, Savute Safari Lodge offers guests a combination of luxury and comfort with a classic wilderness experience.
Savute Under Canvas
Savute Under Canvas is a private wilderness tented safari camp located near the Savute Marsh, famous for the massive pride of lion that habitually hunts elephant; the camp is only reachable by light aircraft from Kasane and therefore offers some of the most exclusive game drives in the entire Chobe. With the luxury of camping and the relaxing solitude of the wilderness, this encounter will offer guests everlasting memories of an African safari.
Duma Tau Camp
The name Duma Tau means “roar of the lion” in Setswana, and there are great opportunities for seeing lion at Duma Tau, as well as massive elephant concentrations and outstanding wildlife in general As Duma Tau is situated close to the source of the Savute Channel on one of the many lagoons within the Linyanti Swamp system, game drives along the Savute are a highlight of a stay at Duma Tau.
King's Pool Camp
The luxurious Kings Pool Camp overlooks the Linyanti River and the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon. Named after a Scandinavian monarch who camped on the banks of the lagoon, Kings Pool Camp is most famous for its large elephant population, but is also home to a great variety of other game. Regular sightings at Kings Pool include sable, waterbuck, buffalo, lion, leopard and wild dog.
Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the camp has spectacular views over expansive plains and wetlands that make up the Kwando-Linyanti floodplain system. The wetlands and flood plains around Lebala offer a diverse variety of wildlife with excellent sightings of elephant, hippo, lechwe, zebra, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, kudu, tsessebe, roan, sable, buffalo and the ever watchful predators; wild dog, lion, cheetah and hyena.
Kwando Lagoon is situated in the remote far north of Botswana on the 2,320 square kilometer Kwando concession. Lagoon lies amongst tall and ancient African Ebony and Marula trees on the banks of a permanent lagoon formed by the meandering Kwando River Kwando is a wild reserve and attracts superb big game, especially during Botswana's dry season. Kwando Lagoon is one of the best areas to see the predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs.
Linyanti Bush Camp
Linyanti Bush Camp is situated on the banks of Linyanti Marsh in a private reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave. The marshes are the only water source for miles around and attract water-adapted and desert-adapted wildlife, plus large numbers of birdlife. The marshes also offer the ability to undertake a diversity of activities.
Savuti Camp was completely rebuilt in 2007, and has been redesigned to place more emphasis on the spectacular Savute Channel. Savuti Camp is situated about 17 kilometres 'downstream' from the Zibadianja Lagoon - the source of the Channel. In the dry season the waterhole in front of camp is the only source of water over a large area and therefore offers excellent wildlife viewing.
Selinda Camp is built on a shady island overlooking the waters of the Selinda Spillway - a waterway that links Botswana's Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando marshes, rivers and floodplains. A small, luxury tented safari camp, Selinda offers a peaceful and private experience far from the crowds - but with unrestrictive and exhilarating wildlife viewing.
Zarafa Camp is an exclusive lodge with the focus on individual hospitality and privacy; whilst also placing strong emphasis on minimizing its environmental footprint; Zarafa Camp boasts spectacular accommodations and wildlife sightings.