Chobe National Park, Botswana: A Photo Essay

Chobe National Park, Botswana - A Photo Essay

Up in the north of Botswana lies one of Southern Africa’s most incredible national parks.

Chobe River is the sort of magical wilderness that leaves you spellbound and speechless.

For me, being my first safari experience in this part of the world for some time, I was bowled over once again!

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Where is Chobe National Park?

Set near the major city of Kasane, one great thing about Chobe National Park is that it’s easy to get to.

The place is well-connected by roads and easily accessible from nearby Victoria Falls too.

In fact, you are closer to the Zimbabwean border here than you are to the Botswanan capital!

Botswana, Chobe National Park, Crocodile

There’s also lots of amenities in nearby Kasane, making Chobe River National Park the perfect place to overland to, and also to stop for a few days to stock up on supplies.

And it’s easy to enjoy a few days there with the amount of wildlife on offer!



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Chobe Game Drive

The best time for game drives in Chobe National Park is first thing in the morning when your chance of seeing some of the park’s big cats are most likely.

Spotting my first lion here was a real experience and probably one of the reasons this place has seared itself into my memory.

In addition to the cats, during my time in this great African national park, I also spotted hippos, elephants, crocs, baboons, water buffalo, impala, jesus birds, giraffe and warthogs!

Not bad for a day’s safari work!

Botswana, Chobe National Park, River Cruise



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Chobe River Cruise

Perhaps even more enjoyable than the morning game drive however was the Chobe River Cruise we got to enjoy in the late afternoon – just in time for sunset!

It was amazing to see animals in such close proximity, be it in the water or on the banks, and the sheer volume of different species was incredible.

Enjoying a Chobe River Cruise was a very different sort of safari, and gave me a very unique perspective on the animals.



Giraffe came down to the water to enjoy a drink alongside wallowing buffalo and yawning hippos.

Baboons scampered through the trees, as impalas grazed gracefully beneath and crocs kept a watchful eye!

Best of all, had to be the elephant, which waded through the water right in front of us.

Absolute Africa, Chobe National Park, Camp


Chobe River Accommodation

Retiring for the evening we stayed at the excellent Thebe River Lodge Camp Site, where the grassy campsite, incredible bathrooms with hot showers and nice bar area made it a fantastic place to round off the Chobe National Park experience.

Botswana, Chobe National Park, Elephant Bottoms



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#2 Binoculars –  Don’t think they have to cost the earth. My cheap Eurohike pair were perfect for my time in Chobe.

#3 Insect Repllent – I highly recommend a 30% DEET repellent to keep those pesky mosquitoes away, as asll as a 30+ SPF sunscreen.


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