Chobe River Waterfront

The Chobe River waterfront near the town of Kasane attracts massive herds of elephant and buffalo in the dry season, offering fantastic photographic opportunities as they bathe and drink in the late afternoon sunlight.

Perhaps the most relaxing way to spend the afternoon, after hours in the game drive vehicle exploring the river banks and deeper into Chobe National Park, is to take a sunset cruise down the river in pursuit of that perfect photograph and to look for Chobe bushbuck, a localised race of the more common bushbuck. And of course birdwatching adds another level of enjoyment as you drift downstream, with a cold G&T in one hand and binoculars in the other.

Wildlife includes four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo – only rhinos are absent), many antelope species (including the only population of puku in Botswana), zebras, giraffes and good populations of cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs, as well as a plethora of smaller species such as serval, aardwolf, pangolin, aardvark and bat-eared fox.

Birding in northern Chobe can be rewarding, with over 450 species including slaty egret, Bradfield’s hornbill, wattled cranes, pennant-winged nightjar, broad-tailed paradise whydah, collared palm-thrush, miombo rock-thrush, Allen’s gallinule, lesser jacana, rock pratincole, Schalow’s turaco, racket-tailed roller and rosy-throated longclaw.

This northern section of Chobe National Park is an easy two-hour drive from Victoria Falls, and so can become crowded during prime tourism season. Video: mobile safari in Botswana.

Useful info: Chobe National Park

Chobe River elephants. © James and Sam SuterObserving elephants from a boat on the Chobe River is a very popular activity. Read this travel diary of a couple’s journey through Namibia and Botswana. © James and Sam Suter

Southern Africa safari with Africa Geographic

Greater Kruger, Cape Town & Winelands (South Africa) + Khwai & Chobe (Botswana) + Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

18 nights, 19 days

To suit you

Beaches

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Children on safari

Classic Safari

Cultural

Mokoro

indication price US$ 8,065 per person sharing

Botswana wildlife and Victoria Falls with Africa Geographic

Khwai & Chobe (Botswana) and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

7 nights, 8 days

To suit you

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Children on safari

Classic Safari

Cultural

Mokoro

indication price US$ 3,395 per person sharing

Botswana: Maun - Moremi - Okavango Delta - Khwai - Savute - Chobe - Kasane

11 days

Minimum group size - 2 guests. Maximum 7 guests. Minimum age is 12 years.

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Children on safari

Classic Safari

Cultural

Mobile Safari

Mokoro

indication price US$ 4,810 per person sharing

Botswana and Zimbabwe

10 nights / 11 days, but we will amend to suit your needs

Flexible – you tell us how many in your party

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Classic Safari

Cultural

Horseback

Mokoro

Victoria Falls + Chobe + Khwai

6 nights / 7 days, but we will amend to suit your needs

Flexible – you tell us how many in your party

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Classic Safari

Cultural

Mokoro

indication price US$2,245 (subscribers) and US$2,475 (non-subscribers) per person sharing

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Chobe River (Botswana)

4 nights / 5 days, but we will amend to suit your needs

Flexible – you tell us how many in your party

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Children on safari

Classic Safari