Chobe National Park
Size: 1,170,000 ha / 11,700 km2
Nearest major city: Kasane (5min approx by car to northern gate)
Species Numbers: 107 Mammals 454 Birds 70 Reptiles
Big Five: No
Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. It is also Botswana's first national park.
The park can be divided up to 4 areas, each corresponding to one distinct ecosystem. First the Chobe riverfront or Serondela area situated in the extreme northeast of the park. The Chobe, which flows along the northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot, especially in the dry season (May to October) for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. This is probably the most visited park section, partly because of its proximity to the Victoria Falls.
Second, the Savuti Marsh area, constitutes the western stretch of the park. The marsh is fed by the erratic Savuti Channel, which dries up for long periods then curiously flows again, a consequence of tectonic activity in the area. This region is reputed for its annual migration of zebras and predators.
The Linyanti Marsh, located at the northwest corner of the park and to the north of Savuti, is adjacent to Linyanti River. There are here large concentrations of lions, leopards, wild dogs, Roan antelopes, Sable antelopes, hippopotamuses and above all enormous herds of elephants. Birdlife is also very rich here.
Between Linyanti and Savuti Marshes lies a hot and dry hinterland, mainly occupied by the Nogatsaa grass woodland. This section is little known and is a great place for spotting elands.