10 Things You Didn’t Know About Chobe National Park

A nature-lover’s paradise, the Chobe National Park boasts one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, and some of the continent’s most spectacular scenery. Situated in north east Botswana, the Chobe National Park is also home to one of the largest elephant herds in the world.

Chobe National Park

To provide you with some travel inspiration, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things you might not know about this incredible region.

1. Established in 1967, Chobe National Park is Botswana’s first national park.

2. Boasting a vast array of wildlife and birdlife, it is also the country’s most biologically diverse.

Chobe National Park Lions

3. The Chobe National Park covers an area of 11,700 km2.

4. The original inhabitants of what was to become to Chobe Nationla Park were the nomadic San Bushmen, also known as the Basarwa people in Botswana.

5. Chobe National Park boasts an estimated 120,000 elephants, possibly the highest elephant concentration in Africa. As such, the park is fondly known as ‘The Land of The Giants’.

Chobe National Park Elephants

6. The Chobe National Park is also famous for its large concentration of buffalo, impressive prides of lion and the packs of the rare African wild dog.

7. It is a bird lovers’ paradise, the home to over 450 bird species. These include herons, storks, pelicans, bustards, cranes, bee eaters, cormorants, and the iconic African fish eagle. What’s more, many of the bird species are migratory – making December to March the perfect time of the year for bird watching.

Chobe National Park Birdlife

8. The Chobe National Park is home to four of the Big Five: elephant, leopard, hippo and lion.

9. The Chobe River is the lifeblood of the park, and forms part of Botswana’s border with Namibia.

10. The spectacular ecosystem of the park consists of four distinct areas: the Serondela area or Chobe riverfront, the Savuti Marsh area, the Linyanti Marsh, and the Nogatsaa area.

Chobe National Park Zebras

To book your stay in at Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa, located on the border of the Chobe National park, or to find out a little more about things to do in the region, simply visit the Cresta Mowana website, email resmowana@cresta.co.bw, or phone +267 625 0300.

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Michael Jansen
Steven dosRemedios
Michael Jansen