Chobe, Kasane, Botswana
GPS: -17.838727337036, 25.123070456103
Named after the river, Chobe National Park is distinguished by its ecological continuity without fences or barriers. It lies at the crossroads of five southern African countries : Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and, to a lesser extent, Angola. Once a hunting ground, the Chobe swamps and floodplains were under British Crown land before being protected by the park’s constitution in 1968, two years after the country’s independence (Botswana is a member of the Commonwealth).
Located in the far north of Botswana, Chobe National Park is one of the region’s most prolific game reserves, along with the neighbouring Okavango Delta. Its floodplains are home to a high concentration of wildlife and a diversity of colourful birds. The park’s protected area covers a territory of around 12,000 km². It is nicknamed “the land of giants” for its large herds of elephants and its several pachyderms, which are among the largest on the continent. During the dry season, Chobe National Park rivals the best safari destinations in Africa. The rainy season is less crowded with visitors and is ideal for boat cruises on the Chobe River. Bordering the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, it allows you to get up close and personal with a high density of animals (such as herds of hippopotamus, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, crocodiles) without scaring them away while venturing beyond the park’s boundaries. On its 1,500 km journey, Chobe River passes close to seven of Southern Africa’s national parks and ends its course in the Zambezi River. Its flow fluctuates greatly between the dry season when much of the river’s water evaporates and the rainy season when it floods.
With four ecosystems (the lush Serondela plains along Chobe River, the Savuti Marsh, the Linyanti Marsh and the arid hinterland savannah of the Nogatsaa grass woodland), the areas of Chobe National Park combine dry and wet environments. This little-known destination in northern Botswana is a world-class destination for viewing a wide range of wildlife, both on land and in the water. It is also the birthplace of the first ancestors of early modern humans (Homo sapiens), who appeared around 200,000 years ago.