Our first stop on this African trip was Chobe National Park in Botswana. It’s not the easiest place to get to, but there are fairly frequent flights from Johannesburg to Kisane Botswana, which is the western gateway to the park. The main reason I wanted to go here was because I equated the word Chobe with elephants. The park runs along the northern border of Botswana, following the southern bank of the Chobe river.
July is an excellent time to visit since winter is the dry season and most of the game comes out of the dry bush to the lush vegetation along the river during the day, making game viewing easy. We saw huge herds of elephants, giraffes, zebras, impalas, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and some incredible bird life. It seems to me that it would be an excellent place to take children as you’re not spending your time driving around looking for game; you pretty much just drive down to the river flats and it all comes to you.
We stayed at the all inclusive Muchenje Safari Lodge, located on the western edge of the park. The Eastern gate, with the town of Kisane as the main gateway to Chobe, can feel like a bit of a traffic jam of safari vehicles, but on the western side it felt like we had the park almost to ourselves. The accommodations at Muchenje were amazing and the guides were top notch. It was very small and intimate and sort of felt like a combination of a five star hotel and a camping trip.
The only thing we didn’t see in abundance was large predators. Our guide worked hard on our last day to get us a good view of a lioness that was in the area, but Chobe isn’t really the place to see large numbers of cats, but I’m sure there’s no place on earth where you can see such amazing herds of elephants. So here’s a sampling of our Chobe gallery, all taken in just one day by my incredible husband.