268. Chobe National Park, Botswana

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Why

Being able to get close to animals in the wild makes our adrenaline run wild. Chobe National Park is one of those places where you can ride in an open jeep or on a boat and get up close and really personal with the animals. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see a leopard like I did.

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Elephant Charging

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Elephant Charging

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Leopard at sunrise

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Leopard at sunrise

Where

Chobe National Park is located in the north of Botswana near Namibia. To get here you can first fly into Livingstone, Zambia; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Windhoek, Namibia or Gaborone, Botswana and then join your safari or your self-drive vehicle. It’s about a day’s hard drive away from Windhoek if you go that route.

How To Get Here

By Train

No trains to the Chobe National Park.

By Plane

There are a few different airports serving this area.

The nearest airport is the Kasane Chobe Airport, Botswana (BBK).

The following airlines serve the Kasane Chobe Airport (BBK):

Air Botswana (BP) and South African Airways (SA).

Then there’s the airport in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA).

The following airlines serve the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Airport (VFA):

Air Namibia (SW), Air Zimbabwe (UM), British Airways (BA), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), FastJet Tanzania LTD (FN), Kenya Airways (KQ), Korongo Air (ZC) and South African Airways (SA).

Across the border is the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) in Livingstone, Zambia.

The following airlines serve the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, Zambia (LVI):

British Airways (BA), Kenya Airways (KQ), Proflight Zambia (P0) and South African Airways (SA).

You may also fly from the capital of Botswana, Gaborone from the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE).

The following airlines serve the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE):

Air Botswana (BP), Air Namibia (SW), Ethiopian Airlines (ET) and South African Airways (SA).

And one more airport will work too, thats the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), home to Air Namibia (SW).

The following airlines serve the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH):

Air France (AF), British Airways (BA), Condor (DE), Delta Air Lines (DL), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Eurowings (EW), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Qatar Airways (QR), SW, South African Airways (SA) and TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES (DT).

Windhoek, Namibia - Windhoek Airport (WDH)

Windhoek, Namibia – Windhoek Airport (WDH)




By Bus

There is no bus service to the Park. There is bus service to other cities in the country as well as service to South Africa.

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

By Safari

This is the best way to experience the Park. I worked with Wild Dog Safaris and did a camping trip which despite my first time camping and the fact that I hate camping turned out really well.

Where To Stay

You can stay in the town of Kasane which is very close to the Park. There are a few places there for accommodations. Some also have campsites. I stayed at the campsites for the Chobe Safari Lodge compliments of Wild Dog Safaris. This is a pretty nice place with a pool, great views of the river, wild animals all over the place and they have Wifi.

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Wild pig at the pool at Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Wild pig at the pool at Chobe Safari Lodge

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - A Camp Visitor

Chobe National Park, Botswana – A Camp Visitor

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Chobe Safari Lodge

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Chobe Safari Lodge

 

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

Where To Eat

If you are camping, you have to provide your own food. There is also a restaurant on site at the Lodge. You may also opt for food options if you rent a room with the Lodge. There is a Mall just outside the Lodge with a supermarket and restaurants so you can find food easily.

When you camp with Wild Dog Safaris, all your meals are covered. You can of course bring your own food if you prefer. The driver will make stops on the way to the Park and you can purchase food items, drinks and water. You are free to drink alcohol in the Camping area.

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Wild Dog Safaris Bruch served

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Wild Dog Safaris Bruch served

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Wild Dog Safaris Bruch getting ready

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Wild Dog Safaris Brunch getting ready

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Homemade Bread

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Homemade Bread

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Tea in the Park prepared by Roy

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Tea in the Park prepared by Roy

What To Do

If you are on Safari, they will take care of taking you through the Park and show you what it has to offer. This is the best option. You can do a self-drive car as well and just wing it. There are cruises of the river that you can take as well. Just check with your Lodge’s Activity Center for details.

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Three Hippos

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Three Hippos

The animals and birds you see are pretty amazing, just soak it all in and resist the urge to get too close, touch or feed them.

Chobe National Park, Botswana - People on Safari

Chobe National Park, Botswana – People on Safari

You should definitely consider getting a digital camera that has some sort of zoom capability if you want to catch some great closeup shots of the animals. I used my Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 which both worked fine, but a camera with better zoom capability will be a good purchase or rental if you really want to get close up of the animals.

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Hippo

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Hippo

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Guinea hens

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Guinea hens

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Elephant on road

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Elephant on road

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Elephant Drinking Water

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Elephant Drinking Water

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Elephant Charging

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Elephant Charging

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Elephant and Bird

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Elephant and Bird

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Impalas

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Impalas

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Sable

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Sable

 

Chobe National Park, Botswana - Birds

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Birds

Additional Information

Language: English

Currency: Botswana pula (BWP)

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Chobe National Park, Botswana - Baboon

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Baboon

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