The When-How-Why of the Chobe Safari

| Tamlin Wightman

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Image By Guts – Pangolin Photo Safaris

The nature of “top lists” is that we inevitably have to leave out a few items that are no less deserving of inclusion. Such an item is The Chobe Safari – excluded from our list of the Top 15 Adventures at Royal Chundu – because it’s a little further afield from our spot on the Zambezi. But like the Victoria Falls, it’s a destination that is close enough to visit on a day tour from our lodge.

There are many great adventures to be had in our corner of Africa – adventures that we’ll be sharing with you in our blog series, The Royal Chundu Explorer’s Club. But for today, we’re venturing to the Chobe National Park, near the town of Kasane in Northern Botswana. A region that has long attracted explorers of all kinds. A region that we wanted to share with you because, as the great voyageur, the original Steve Zissou, Jacques Cousteau, said…

“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”

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When?

During dry season, from May to the end of October/early November, several animals head to the Chobe River, making it the best time to see the elephants the region is most loved for.

In the wet season, while the wildlife head further inland, the region is great for bird watching and two unique natural phenomena – the impala birthing season – and the predators it attracts – and the rare Savute zebra migration.


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How?

We arrange full day tours into the Chobe National Park in neighbouring Botswana for our guests – whether on a photographic safari with Pangolin Photo Safaris or one that combines game drives and boat cruises down the Chobe River. The tours include transfers, park and guiding fees, and lunch in Chobe.


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Why?

To witness…

  • Some of the finest game viewing in Africa – huge herds of buffalo and zebras, lechwe, Chobe bushbuck, puku antelope, and predators such as lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah
  • Some 450 bird species
  • The highest elephant concentration in Africa (between 70,000 – 100,000) – watch the giants wading on the banks or swimming across the Chobe River itself
  • Four countries at one time – namely Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • New scenery to test out your flair for photography on. The photographs travellers bring back from the banks of the Chobe capture just what it is that people come to Africa for… Take a look at some of our favourite photographs from the frontline below.

Below: Grant Atkinson

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Below: “Guts”

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Lion by Guts

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K Risbjerg

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Images above from Pangolin Photo Safaris

Below: Rhino Africa Safaris

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Below: Lets Kamogelo

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Chat to us to discover more about the activities at and around Royal Chundu and head over to our Instagram for more reasons to visit the Chobe.

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