Chobe National Park in northwestern Botswana has one of the richest concentrations of wildlife in Africa compared to size of the park. It extends along the River Chobe over 11,700km2 and it's Botswana's first national park. Botswana is recognized in Africa for having one of the best safari opportunities in the continent. Standing up in a safari truck while driving down the riverside of Chobe is simply a tremendous experience.
Safari in Chobe National Park in Botswana
On a safari in Chobe you don't waste your time. You get up at 5am to go on safari, come home for breakfast, relax a few hours and then it’s out on safari again until the sun goes down.
By 3PM and later all the animals move down to the river to drink, cool off, and you really don't know which way to look. The variety of animals is insane, and the animals are everywhere. In the water, the crocodiles and hippos are floating just below the surface. Large herds of elephants, giraffes and buffaloes are all moving down to the river. And a little further up from the river you can get a glimpse of jackals, lions, and if you are lucky you will also see a leopard! This safari is the best!
And that's when all the sounds begin. The cute little impala antelopes suddenly sound like evil demons in the dark during mating season. And then we hear the lions; Their roar can be heard kilometres away and will make you shiver all over. At night, the hippos are grazing right outside our tents. There are no fences or guards around so by all means, do not go far from camp! Remember to not bring any food, fruits or anything in your tent while you sleep. The last thing you want is a huge elephant peeking in through the opening at night...
Camping in Chobe National Park
The camp is located right by the riverbank, where marmosets are sitting in the trees above you, trying their best pee on your head, just for fun. For you tough, going to the toilet consists of a hole you dig yourself and you shower using the water from the river. However, bathing in the Chobe river is not possible as it is one of the most crocodile infested rivers in Africa.
It is hard to find an equally untouched and breathtaking nature/wildlife as can be found in the Chobe National Park. Life along the river is definitely unique.