Chobe in northern Botswana is next to Okavango Botswana’s most popular National Park.
It is known for its large number of elephants estimated in excess of 100 000. Apart from the huge numbers of elephant you can also see buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and antelope species, with roan and sable, puku, tsessebe, eland, red lechwe, waterbuck, Chobe bushbuck, and of course giraffe, zebra, kudu, warthog, wildebeest and impala. There are crocodiles, and large numbers of hippo in the rivers.
The July to October period is regarded as high season and Chobe can become crowded especially along the river fronts. December to April is low season and many of the camps and lodges close down as the temperatures often rise into the low to middle 40ºC. From June to October when the Okavango is flooding fly-in Safaris are popular to Lodges that are often on small islands surrounded by the waters of Okavango when in flood. Viewing wildlife along the many waterways by boat is most popular with tourists, birdlife flourishes as migratory birds return from their northern breeding regions.
The months of October to February – the peak wet season with high temperatures – are the least popular months as with the rain the mosquitoes also breed in numbers and the risk of malaria increases. The roads of Chobe are sandy and require not only 4×4 vehicles but also experience on sandy roads. Afternoon thunderstorms can make some of the untarred roads impassable. The heaviest rains occur between December and February and will result in some areas being flooded and becoming inaccessible. It is during this time that migration of Wildebeest and Zebra from the southern wetlands of Linyati happens soon after the birth of their young.
Birdlife is boosted by migratory birds arriving such as storks, warblers, swifts, robins and martins. The Savuti marsh is transformed by the rains and fishing in some areas of the park is allowed.
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