The Chobe River, also known as the Cuando and Linyanti, flows from Angola, crossing through the neck of the Zambezi in Namibia before becoming the border with Botswana. This river system supports considerable wildlife and is incorporated into six national parks.
Chobe National Park, Botswana's 3rd-largest national park, is named after the Chobe River, which flows along the park's northern boundary and forms the border between Botswana and Namibia. The Chobe River is filled with lush plains and dense, green forests. This area also sees the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, and it’s not rare to cross paths with a hundreds-strong herd on any given day. There’s also plenty of buffalo and lion – expect epic game sightings.
Go game-viewing – arguably the number one activity for visitors.
See rock paintings in various locations throughout the park made by the ancient San.
Indulge in stunning sunsets and stargaze at night.
Embark on some birdwatching to spot some of the park’s 450+ different species.
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Best time to go to Chobe River
The rainless winter begins in May and, by September and October, Chobe National Park is completely parched, driving concentrations of animals (especially elephant and buffalo) to the Chobe River – making for epic sightings. Alternatively, the rainy summer months of December to March are the best time to visit for bird watching, the impala birthing season (great for predators), and to see the Savute zebra migration.
Featured Chobe River stays
Chobe River Camp
Settled on a boundary between Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Namibia’s Zambezi region