Whether arriving by air or road, the first glimpse of the river-deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain-is always breathtaking. It appears as a swathe of brilliant, peacock blue ribbon winding its way through the tiny town of Kasane, and ensuing wilderness-the Chobe National Park.
Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 kms encompassing flood plains, swamps and woodland. There are four distinct geographical areas in the park. The Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savute and Linyanti.
The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana ‘s big game country, the Chobe riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephant and cape buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink
During this season, on an afternoon game drive, you may see hundreds of elephants at one time. You may be surrounded by elephants, as the main Serondella road becomes impassable and scores of family herds cross the main road to make their way to the river to drink, bathe and play.
Driving the loops that hug the river’s edge ,you may see up to 15 different species of animals on ,any one game drive, including waterbuck,lechwe,puku,giraffe, kudu, roan and sable impala,warthog bushbuck monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion,leopard,hyena and jackal.
Take a river cruise-and you will experience the park, and the animals, from another vantage point. Here you will get up close and personal with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds.
Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird safaris. Common species to be seen include the sacred ibis, Egyptians goose, the ubiquitous cormorants and darters, spur winged goose, pel’s fishing owl, Carmine Bee -eaters, most members of the king fisher family, all the rollers, the unmistakable Fish Eagle, the Marital Eagle many members of the stork family.