268. Chobe National Park, Botswana
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 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
No trains to the Chobe National Park.
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).
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.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
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.
==>> 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.
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.
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.
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.
Currency: Botswana pula (BWP)
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