National Park is a great venue for a combination of
flying and driving. Within it, two areas have legendary
reputations: the Chobe Riverfront and Savuti Marsh.
You can drive yourself to the lodges, or even fly in,
whichever you prefer.
the Chobe River, in the far north of the park, this
area is famed for its dense game. The lion are common
and laid-back, the antelope abundant, and the herds
of buffalo and elephant among the biggest anywhere.
The birdlife is also exceptional, from omnipresent fish
eagles to a multitude of herons and waders. The amazing
fishing expertise of the rare African skimmer is just
one feature of the Chobe River, along with some well-built
hippos and crocodiles.
time this riverfront area has become ever more popular.
Easily accessed from Victoria Falls, make it the clear
choice if you would like to add a safari to your visit.
mysterious Savuti Channel, which sometimes flows from
the Linyanti's waterways and into the heart of Chobe
National Park, flooding the Savuti Marsh, is one of
Africa's most famous big-game areas. Appearing and then
drying up again several times over the last few centuries,
the channel's flow is unpredictable. Livingstone recorded
in his journey in 1851 that it was flowing. He referred
to it as a 'dismal swamp'. However by 1879 the channel
had ceased and the Savuti Marsh had begun to dry out.
It flowed again in the late 1950s, lasting until 1981
when it finally
dry marsh has formed immense, open grassland dotted
with the skeletons of drowned trees. Large herds of
game route through Savuti on annual migrations between
Botswana's parched interior and the rivers of the north
and west. The remarkably nutritious grasses of the area
attract large herds of zebra, impala, wildebeest, giraffe,
tsessebe, buffalo and elephant. Leopard are always plentiful
around the granite kopjes and retain permanent territories
here, so do the packs of spotted hyena and large prides
of lion and an abundance of old bull elephants that
are forever about. Great deals of activity focuses on
Savuti's three waterholes, and recently elephant killing
lions have become a great draw card.
Reserve covers 1,250km 2 , within which four private
camps operate. In the north, beside the Linyanti River,
the environment is like the Chobe riverfront: open floodplains
beside the water, an adjacent band of riverine forest,
and then dense (mostly mopane) forests stretching away
south. Here there are three camps - Linyanti Tented
Camp, King's Pool and Duma Tau - hidden beside separate
stretches of this river. Meanwhile to the south of the
reserve, Savuti Camp overlooks a remote stretch of the
our preferred safari lodges in Chobe National Park,
Savuti Marsh & Linyanti:
CHILWERO | CHOBE
GAME LODGE | CHOBE
SAVANNAH | DUMA
TAU | KING'S
TENTED | MOWANA
SAFARI LODGE | SAVUTE
| SAVUTI CAMP