Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 7,270 square miles encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary and there are four distinct geographical areas in the park: the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba Pans, Savute and Linyanti. The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront, is most famous for sightings of elephant and Cape buffalo, which converge upon the river to drink and can be seen in huge numbers during the dry winter months. During this season travelers may find themselves surrounded by hundreds of elephants on an afternoon safari game drive, as the main Serondella road becomes impassable and scores of family herds cross, making their way to the river to drink, bathe and play.
A safari along the river’s edge gives the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife including waterbuck, lechwe, puku, giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Another wonderful way to experience Chobe National Park is out on the river. In a power boat or on a pontoon, a water safari allows for an up close and personal experience with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds.