The life-giving Chobe River forms the northern boundary of Chobe National Park. The body of water twists and turns its way through the Botswana wilderness, flanked by open woodlands, riverine forests, and floodplains and dotted by lush, green islands. Marvel at one of the highest concentrations of elephants on your Botswana safari and Chobe River cruise as these big grey beasts make their way down to the river. It is also the perfect time to observe rare antelopes like puku and lechwe along the water’s edge. In the water coming up close and personal to big pods of hippos and some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa is a given on a Chobe River cruise.
During your Chobe River boat safari, the chance of spotting a great variety of wildlife on the islands and riverbanks is also high. Avid birdwatchers can expect to see more than 400 species, with the African fish eagle, African skimmer, coppery-tailed coucal and long-toed lapwing just some of the standouts.
The best time for a Chobe River cruise is from May to October during the Botswana dry season. The large herds of elephants, as well as predators like lions, leopards and spotted hyenas, make their way down to the river to drink. Wildlife viewing is at its best with temperatures mild and pleasant in Botswana’s premium National Park.