Don’t be surprised to see elephant and hippo ramble down the roads of the town called Kasane, the northern entrance to the beautiful Chobe National Park region of Botswana. Set in the northern part of Botswana to the east of the Okavango Delta, the Chobe Region, stretching over 11 000 square kilometres, comprises four distinctly different ecological areas. In the extreme north-east lies Serondela, in the north-west the Linyanti Swamps and to the west the Savuti Marsh and then the dry hinterland between them.
The mighty Chobe River runs along the northern border of the Chobe National Park and sustains one of the largest concentrations of game found on the African continent, including the largest population of elephants, and you can choose from a variety of exotic destinations and luxury accommodation options within this region of Botswana. Keep in mind that all of the luxury lodges in this region, except for one, are based outside the Chobe National Park on private concessions and game farms. Most of the lodges based along the Chobe River offer cruises, be sure to take in a romantic sunset cruise while visiting this area.
Spot normally elusive leopards along the Sedudu Valley River road near Kasane on your way to visit the Serondela area with its lush plains and dense forests and keep a sharp eye out for rare and unusual birds such as the African finfoot and the Half-collared kingfisher that like to gather near the Kasane Rapids. Cross the river to find the flat grassy plains of Sedudu Island, a favoured grazing ground for elephant, hippo and buffalo.
Head south to Savuti, one of the best wildlife-viewing areas in the world with excellent game viewing opportunities throughout the year. Spend your days and nights in the midst of Africa’s impressive predators, the famous lions of the Savuti and the clans of spotted hyena that have made this dried up waterway their home. In the rainy season, November to April, they are joined by a migration of thousands of zebra and herds of wildebeest that migrate into the Savuti Marsh as well as masses of impala and warthogs.
Stay a while in the forgotten paradise of Linyanti, just to the north of Savuti in the far western corner of the Chobe region. This secluded, uncrowded region is very rich in birdlife and a recommended destination for avid birders. The papyrus-lined lagoons and towering canopy of trees found in this swamp cover a vast area providing water and shelter to great concentrations of elephant, buffalo and zebra that gather daily along the river while giraffe, impala and roan antelope roam the forest.
Spend time in all of Botswana’s beautiful regions with our ‘Best of Botswana’ tour that takes you from the Okavango Delta into the Moremi Game Reserve and ends at Chobe National Park. Tour packages and luxury accommodation are all options in the Chobe region; contact our experienced Southern Africa Travel team for more information.
The largest elephant population in Africa
You will stay in the midst of one of the largest elephant populations found in Africa numbering almost 120 000, of which 40 000 are found largely in the Chobe region. These majestic and graceful creatures roam over most of northern Botswana and north-western Zimbabwe and boast the largest body size of all living elephants.
Elephant-eating Lions of Savuti
Lions often specialise in catching one species of prey, the lions of the Savuti area are well known for their ability to bring down elephant while 50km away in the Linyanti area, the lion pride specialises in hunting hippo.
The Chobe region of Botswana is also popular as a fishing destination, spend your days catching or trying to catch the fierce Tiger fish or any of the very wide variety of fish species found in the waterways of Kasane.
Do time in the old Baobab Tree Prison
Just outside of Kasane in the Serondela region find the ancient Baobab tree whose hollowed out centre served as the local prison in the early 20th century. You can still climb inside today to get a feel for what it was like back then.
Spend some time with the locals
Your luxury safari lodge can arrange for a visit to a local village where you can immerse yourself in African tribal life and get to grips with local customs or get up to speed on your plant knowledge with a botanical guided walk.
Kasane is near Africa’s ‘Four Corners’ – where four countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This strategic location has lead to the rapid expansion of the town.
Kasane offers trouble-free access to the northern section of the Chobe National Park. There are no fences separating the park and the town so it’s not uncommon to see hippo or elephant wandering through parts of Kasane.
From Kasane, you also have easy access to the Caprivi Strip in Namibia to the West, and to the East the Victoria Falls on the Zambian/Zimbabwe border.
As with any small town, Kasane has its fair share of quirky characteristics – for example, there is an old baobab tree in the town with a hollowed out trunk. In the early part of the twentieth century, this tree served as the local prison before the current brick structure was built behind it.
There are various accommodation options in Kasane itself, as well as other amenities for travellers to re-supply such as banks, garages and shops.
5 Nights | 6 Days
On this unique Southern African journey we combine the magic of the vast Zambezi River and the nearby Victoria Falls with the raw wilderness of the Chobe River that divides Namibia’s Caprivi Strip from Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Here you will view some of the most prolific wildlife on the African continent from the comfort of a luxurious houseboat.
6 Nights | 7 Days
On this memorable tour we effortlessly combine the thrill of a Big Five safari adventure in the Kruger National Park, together with the mystery of the incredible Victoria Falls, and a magical river safari onboard a luxury houseboat on Botswana’s renowned Chobe River.
6 Nights | 7 Days
This tour combines the highlights of one of Southern Africa’s most enchanting regions… from the spectacular views of the cascading Victoria Falls to close encounters with the elephants of Chobe and the exhilarating predator sightings in Moremi.
7 Nights | 8 Days
Start off in the beautiful Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town with its white sand beaches, outstanding natural attractions and lifestyle before heading off to Zambia and Victoria Falls, a raging waterfall that can be heard for miles around. A great place to cruise the Zambezi River or explore the area on an elephant-back safari before heading to the Chobe National Park in Botswana for some serious game viewing.
6 Nights | 7 Days
This journey of discovery offers you the best of Zambia & Botswana combined… from an authentic safari experience under canvas in South Luangwa National Park and the extraordinary sights of the mighty Zambezi River to incredible wildlife sightings in Chobe.
6 Nights | 7 Days
From resort hotel to rustic tented camp… This unique tour combines the bustle of Livingstone and the incredible Victoria Falls with popular Chobe National Park and an authentic back-to-basics safari experience in the Okavango Delta.
10 Nights | 11 Days
This exceptional mobile safari offers guests the chance to encounter Africa's wildlife up close and explore wilderness areas, not usually accessable to guests on typical fly-in tours. Yet this luxury safari provides the indulgent comforts and amenities of all the 'Desert & Delta Safaris’ lodges, enjoying superb locales inside the famous wildlife reserves and game parks of untamed Botswana.
4 Nights | 5 Days
Take this luxury river safari where four countries meet! Starting with a stay on a luxury houseboat offering the opportunity to view game from the water, before heading on a Big 5 safari adventure on a Private Game Reserve in Zimbabwe.
From $624 USD Per Person Sharing
With its luxurious thatched chalets and vast panoramic views, Chobe Chilwero offers guests a luxury riverside retreat in the Chobe region of Botswana.
Price On Request
Chobe Game Lodge offers the quintessential, classic African safari experience. Come and discover the Chobe region of Botswana from the luxury base of this upmarket lodge.
From $292 USD Per Person Sharing
A great family destination, the luxury Chobe Marina Lodge is just outside the Chobe National Park entrance and offers great accommodation and activities for the entire family.
From $291 USD Per Person Sharing
Elephant Valley Lodge is a tented lodge that overlooks an attractive waterhole in the Kasane Forest Reserve, bordering the Chobe National Park in Botswana.
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Revel in the spectacular wildlife viewing and luxury tented accommodation found at Kings Pool, an upmarket safari destination in the Chobe region of Botswana.
From $449 USD Per Person Sharing
On the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, you will find Savute Safari Lodge. The now dry Savute channel is part of the dynamic Savute eco system renowned for its large concentration of elephant and lion and their troubled relationship.
From $1122 USD Per Person Sharing
The luxury safari setting of Savuti Camp in the Chobe region of Botswana is an ideal base from which to explore the game rich area.
From $1215 USD Per Person Sharing
Offering a superlative luxury houseboat experience, the Zambezi Queen sails the Chobe River stopping off for land-based game excursions and fishing and birding expeditions. You will stay in supreme comfort in the luxury suites aboard this modern vessel and enjoy an African safari experience like no other.
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