During the dry season, between April and October, the Chobe River provides a lifeline for Botswana's great Elephant herds and they travel vast distances each day across the desiccated wilderness to and from the permanent waters of the river.
© The main highlight of Chobe River... the sunset cruise
Watching a herd of Elephants heading to the water through the dry season landscape of Botswana's northern wilderness
is one of the most abiding images of Chobe. It is not unusual to see hundreds of Elephants at any one time on the Chobe floodplains, kicking up dust or splashing in the water.
Historically the Elephants moved across a wide range, with the Chobe River a mere watering place
en route. The range incorporated northern Botswana, the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, south-eastern Angola, south-western Zambia and the western reaches of Zimbabwe.
Civil War in Angola and a war of independence
in Namibia put the herds in danger with the various armies using them as target practice and targeting them in order to sell the ivory for weapons. The Elephant sought refuge in northern Botswana and the legend of Chobe was born.
With the ending of hostilities the Elephants have begun to cross the river again, although the Chobe is still the central point for the gathering
of the Elephant herds in the dry season - and this is the attraction of Chobe.
- Africa's greatest concentration of Elephants during the dry season
- Spectacular gathering of wildlife during the dry months, with big herds of Buffalo, Sable and other herbivores
- A big predator population
- The best in birding during the summer months with a gathering of many migrant species
- Game viewing by boat for a different perspective of the wildlife of Africa
- Option of visiting Victoria Falls on a day visit or visiting the Chobe whilst staying in Victoria Falls
- Range of accommodation options