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Chobe & Savuti

Chobe & Savuti

Covering 11,000km2, Chobe National Park is one of Botswana’s largest reserves. It is strongly connected with elephants. There are literally thousands of them (possibly 70,000), particularly in the dry season of May to October, drawn here by the wide Chobe River which forms the northern border of the park. The Savuti is an area within Chobe but very different from the riverfront area.

Chobe Riverfront & forest reserves: The riverfront is the best area in Chobe for wildlife due to the life-bringing waters of the permanent Chobe River. Whilst there is game here all year round, the very best months are in the dry season from about May to October. At this time elephants frolic in the river, there are good numbers of buffalos and sable antelope, predators such as lions are never far away, and there is a diverse range of other general wildlife such as hippo, giraffe, zebra, jackal, warthog, and kudu. In about November/December many animals give birth, and as the rainy season gets going the wildlife disperses more widely throughout the park. Birdlife is especially good in the rainy season and wild flowers flourish.

Chobe Riverfront is a popular place to visit, and since the nearby town of Kasane has lots of hotels and lodges, it is always quite a busy area. There is only one lodge within the park itself (Chobe Game Lodge), though the mobile camp, Chobe Under Canvas, is often set up within the park too. Activities at the riverfront include game drives and boat safaris. Being a national park, no walking, off-road driving or night drives are allowed.

The Chobe Forest area is just north west of the park and here you will find three lodges (Ngoma Safari Lodge, Muchenje Safari Lodge and Chobe Elephant Camp). This area is not governed by national park rules so the first two of these lodges offer night drives and game walks. This is a much quieter region that the eastern riverfront near Kasane. Animals are free to roam from the national park to the forest reserves, and whilst the wildlife density is much greater by the river and further east, this western area has the benefit of offering a more personal experience and beautiful views down over the floodplains.

Safari Activities in Chobe and Savuti

  • Game drives
  • Boat safaris (Chobe River)
  • Fishing (Chobe River)
  • Photographic tuition (from any Kasane-based lodge only)
  • Birdwatching
  • Visit to the Caracal Biodiversity Centre (a charity in Kasane dedicated to the conservation of the environment and wildlife in the area)
  • Scenic flights
  • Canoeing down the Chobe River, including a picnic break on an island or a secluded beach
  • Golfing on Mowana Safari Lodge’s nine hole golf course (Kasane)
  • A day trip to the Victoria Falls (from Kasane)
  • A cultural visit to a Namibian village
  • Seboba Cultural Village and Recreational Park, run by the Kasane community
  • Spa Treatments at Mowana Safari Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe Chilwero and Chobe Game Lodge (Kasane)

Chobe & Savuti safari holidays

Below you will find some Chobe & Savuti safari itineraries that we’ve put together as recommended suggestions. You might find one of these is perfect for your needs as we’ve put a lot of thought into including some wonderful experiences in each of these safaris, and we really love what they offer. However, if none of these quite fit the bill for you, do call us and let us know what you’d like. We ready to help you plan your perfect Botswana safari holiday..

Botswana Focus

Prices from £3,525 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

The mighty Victoria Falls, elephants in Chobe and the game-rich Okavango Delta. What more could you want?

A Taste of Botswana

Prices from £2,485 pp for 7 days
(exc. flights)

The trip captures the essence of Botswana; the Okavango Delta and Chobe plus the mighty Victoria Falls.

Delta, Chobe & Victoria Falls

Prices from £5,040 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

This safari adventure includes natural wonders, plentiful wildlife and a variety of activities in Botswana.

Northern Highlights Mobile Safari

Prices from £3,245 pp for 10 days
(exc. flights)

Get out into the Botswana bush, game viewing by day, camping by night, for an immersive mobile safari experience.

Botswana Family Safari

Prices from £4,290 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

A real African adventure for the young and young at heart! The excitement of Vic Falls is more than matched by the thrill of a real life safari.

Delta & the Pans Safari

CPrices from £5,305 pp for 11 days
(exc. flights)

This adventure covers the best bits of Botswana, staying in remote locations and lovely camps in Chobe and the Okavango Delta.

Buffalo Mobile Safari

Prices from £1,260 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

This group adventure safari includes Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls.

Lion Mobile Safari

Prices from £2,225 pp for 16 days
(exc. flights)

A great value, semi-participation mobile safari adventure covering a number of Botswana’s highlights, and the Victoria Falls.

Places to Stay

Chobe and Savuti has a host of different types and levels of accommodation, so there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.