Huge concentration of wildlife & astounding natural beauty.
A LOT depends on the time of year, overnight stay expensive
A great addition to my journey
The cheapest was a daytour from Viktoria Falls for 140 $, a 3 hour boat tour, lunch then 3 hours with a 4 weel drive, i didn't see that tour in Livingstone but it might available and probably cheaper there as all the other tours where cheaper.In Livingstone the cheapest i saw was 1 day and 1 night, a 3 hour boat tour, lunch, then 3 plus 2 hours...more
Like everyone, we saw hundreds of elephants and loved every minute of it. Definitely the #1 attraction. But the other wildlife and flora are pretty spectacular, too. Our guide from Chobe Chilwero showed us beautiful birds, trees that give off odors to repel the local vegetarians, lions mating and more.The rhino pic is from Zambia; more on that...more
We took a three hour overland safari tour with 6 other people during our afternoon in Chobe. The tour lasted about three hours, about half of which was spent traveling near the river, while the other half was spent up on higher and drier ground. Near the river, we saw at least a hundred elephants, including entire families with babies and...more
We saw some very interesting birds during our stay in Chobe National Park, particularly along the Chobe River and its banks. Birds in Chobe include spoonbills, hornbills, rollers, and herons. Many visitors to Chobe are so focused on elephants and the rest of the Big Five that they don't focus on the park's many interesting bird species. They are...more
As part of our visit to Chobe National Park, we took a 3-hour boat tour along the Chobe River. Our tour went along the Chobe River, ending at the hobe Lodge for lunch. We had a guide who constantly pointed out riverside wildlife, which included hippos, crocs, elephants, monitor lizards, and antelopes. We also saw plenty of interesting birds,...more
Chobe National Park is most famous for its huge numbers of elephants. In fact, Chobe, has more elephants than any other place in the world, with tens of thousands of them roaming throughout its territory. If you take an overland tour of Chobe, you can't help but see dozens of elephants. They love to congregate along the waterfronts, where they...more
The Chobe National Park is the second largest national park in Botswana, and has a large number of wild animals. The park is divided into four areas: Serondela with dense forests in the Chobe River area in the north-east, Savuti in the west about 50 km north of Mababe gate, Linyanti in the north-west and Hinterland in between. The road from Ngoma...more
This park has many thousands of wonderful elephants, you can really spend some time watching them, Remember elephants are DANGEROUS WILD animals so please do not get out of car to take better pics, they do sometimes come close as you can see here....if they do come real close, just keep dead quiet and you will get some marvelous pics...As you can...more
The basics of game drives: to view the wildlife, you will be in open sided vehicles for several hours. Therefore, be prepared. This may include rain gear, camera equipment, sun screen, or whatever else you may need to keep you comfortable.Now, here is a very odd part of the game drives here: due to high-end European tourist influence, I found that...more
The boat trips may be short or long, depending on who you go with, what sort of mood they are in, and how much you paid for your trip.The trip I took left from the Chobe Game Lodge, which is already located in the national park.Unfortunately, November is the very start of the wet season in Chobe. During the dry season, the animals become somewhat...more
This was breakfast at a bar at one of the Safari Camps located close to Chobe in Botswana, it was flooded, and the Monkeys in the below photo managed to open the sugar pot and get into some mischief. A breakfast to be remembered mostly for the mere fact that so much entertainment was provided by dodging the puddles on the way in and the Monkey business going on around.
Favorite Dish: I can't really remember what I ate, but it was breakfast, some kind of rolls and stuff, nothing exciting, but enough to keep me going for a little while in the day.
Costing below is due to the fact that it was included in the tour, so I have no idea how much it was....
Chobe Game Lodge (see my tip on this lodge) is the only overnight lodge in the park. There are camps here and there, but camps are not permanent establishments the way a lodge / hotel is.
Thus, in many ways, the only night life there is in Chobe (at least for people!) is here at the Chobe Game Lodge. Even night game drives are not allowed in Chobe, and so very much so, night life here at Chobe is limited to the Chobe Game Lodge.
There are several bars at the Chobe Game Lodge. The upstairs bar is the most promising one for night life. Yet, it also seems to be the one least visited. Despite there being a fair number of tourists at the lodge when I visited, there was NO ONE in the upstairs bar other than the bar tender while I was there.
Aside of it being the internet service for the lodge, it is also seems to has a wonderful drink selection (I'm no expert in these things - especially on an international scale) and such typical bar fare as pool tables (probably called "snooker tables" here).
It is not difficult at all to imagine any of the movie stars, royalty and other celebrities that visited in the 1960s and 1970s sitting down here for a stiff drink and flirting with eachother during the evening after a long day of wilderness exploring.
Dress Code: This is an international tourist destination. It is really hard to say what the dress code is, because the people who come here well understand that they are staying in the middle of a wilderness environment, and thus tend to be very informal in the way they dress.
At the same time, it should also be understood that the Chobe Game Lodge used to be world famous as a place for the very high end tourist class, and famous people have stayed here. I would imagine that such company would dress up considerably when visiting Chobe Game Lodge's upstairs bar, as it is a fairly nice place.
I would therefore imagine that they have seen almost anything wander through the bar - from swim suits from the swimming pool to elegant gowns worn by the celebrities that used to make this place tick in the 1960s and 1970s.
We did our visit to Chobe National Park as a long day trip from Livingstone, Zambia (Victoria Falls). The journey from Lvingstone involves a 90 minute drive from Livingstone to the border, a boat ride across the Zambezi River (there is no bridge), and then another 20 minute drive to Chobe. At the Zambezi River crossing, there is a public ferry...more
A south-African truck driver was stuck at the customs on the Botswana border, and had not enough money to cross Botswana with his truck. I paid the customs the extra 200 Pula and joined his truck to Kasane. It was a nice ride through the Chobe National park, and he stopped the truck so I could see some wild animals.The immigrant officer will...more
I'm not sure if this is just part of the package that I traveled on, or if it is considered part of life necessities here. However, I can tell you that it seems like anywhere you go, there will always be tea in the afternoon. This even includes all of the game drives I rode in: at a certain time in the afternoon, it was absolutely vital to stop at...more
The Chobe Game Lodge has a lot more to it than just staying overnight in the middle of an African national park. The artwork that decorates the walls (and other locations!) in the lodge are, in many cases, traditional artwork from local tribes. This may not necessarily be a Chobe National Park tradition, but is a local custom that has made it into...more
Bring at least one small bag / backpack etc. that is easy to carry a few items in. This will hold your camera and spare clothing during the game drives. Remember SMALL: there will be other people in the game drive vehicle with you. You want something you can hold in your lap if you need to. COMFORTABLE! Even the wealthy movie star tourists that...more
comfortable shoes for walking, hat, sunglasses, a jacket or fleece are all essential. Sunscreen, mosquito repellent and toilet paper are all a must. I always travel with my Minolta SLR camera with 2 lenses (1x 35/80 and 1x 75/300 zoom), a two times converter, a polariser for both lenses, a spare battery and 10 spare rolls of 400 asa film (36)...more
Chobe bridge between the border of Namibia and Botswana is a low bridge. The Chobe river was like a 200 meter wide wetland, and not a flowing river when I was there in July/August. But the water is higher during the rainy season in December to April. No people lives in the area around the bridge.more