CHOBE & LINYANTI
GENTLE ♥ GIANTS
Chobe National Park has one of the largest game concentrations on the Africa continent, and is best known for its spectacularly large elephant population and close proximity to Victoria Falls, with Kasane Airport being the gateway.
Chobe National Park was established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11 7 00 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. There are four distinct geographical areas in the park: the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuté and Linyanti.
Large amounts of big game congregate beside the Chobe Riverfront, in the north of the park. Further south is the less populated Savute, a magical spot for mobile safaris in addition to its camps and lodges. The Savute is a dramatic area to see high concentrations of elephant and lions, as well sighting of all the other major predators; the endangered wild dog, leopard, cheetah and the hyena. It is also renowned for its excellent birding during the summer months as well as being home to some very rare rock paintings drawn by the early San Bushmen, who once inhabited the region.
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is another big game area located by the Kwando-Linyanti rivers, where the marsh subsides into lagoons and steadily flowing rivers with riverine forests leading to open grasslands, and dry inland wooded areas. The Linyanti Reserve is highly populated with animals particularly in the dry winter months: huge herds of elephants, thousands of zebra, the particularly beautiful sable and roan antelopes, red lechwe and the aquatic sitatunga antelope, and predators – lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena. Birdlife is abundant here and particularly vocal with a magnificent dawn chorus. Daytime noises include incessantly grunting hippos and trumpeting elephants, while the night brings roaring lions and laughing hyenas. Kasane is the main city in this region.
Muchenje Safari Lodge – Chobe National Park
Elephant Valley Lodge – Chobe National Park / Lesoma Valley
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