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Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is in northern Botswana and covers an area of ​​no less than 11 700 square kilometres. The park gets its name from the always water-bearing Chobe River which borders the park to the north. Chobe has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent and is therefore ideal for safaris.

The park has four different ecosystems and is very diverse. In the north-east of the park along the banks of the Chobe River, you will find the green plains and forests of Serondela. To the west is Savuti that consists of marshes, savannah and grassland making it a dynamic fauna. Linyanti is a swamp area around the Linyanti River and finally the dry, hot part of Chobe where elk can be seen.

Chobe is famous for its spectacular elephant population, including Kalahari elephants. Although they are the largest elephant race in the world, they have smaller and more brittle tusks than other elephants because the soil contains little calcium. For poaching elephants it is therefore less attractive and therefore the population is still growing. During the dry season, the elephants stay at the Chobe River and you can see them drinking or taking a bath during a boat safari. In the rainy season the elephants walk 200 km to the south-eastern part of the park.

Besides the enormous elephant population Chobe also has large amounts of buffalo and lions. The zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hyenas, cheetah, kudu, jackal, wild dog, waterbuck, impala, crocodile, hippopotamus and many other animals live in the park. For bird lovers there's 350 different bird species to see and plenty bee-eaters, hornbills, eagles, spoonbills, storks and ducks.

The area is now known as the Chobe National Park which was formerly occupied by the San Bushmen, nomads from the area that went in search of fruit, water and wild animals to eat. You can still find the petroglyphs of the Bushmen in a few places in the park.

The idea of a national park came to the area to explain the wide variety of animals and protecting wildlife, boosting tourism which began in 1931. However, the area was actually declared a National Park only in 1967 and the expansions in 1980 and 1987. The park, however, is not fenced which gives the animals the possibility to move freely between Chobe and other parks.

The dry season, May to September, the days have comfortable 27 degrees. The nights can be very cold. In the rainy season, the daytime temperatures can reach up to about 35-40 degrees and cools but it's not much different at night. Incidentally, this wet season has too many days when it is not raining. Think of precautions to antimalarial when you visit the Chobe National Park.