Chobe Riverfront / Savute
Chobe is Botswana’s premier National Park. Within the park there are two major safari areas, the Chobe Riverfront and Savute. Chobe is loaded with wildlife including over 65,000 elephants making it the most densely populated area in all of Africa. The Riverfront area is famed for amazing concentrations of elephants and buffalo drawn to the Chobe River in dry season.
Savute area is away from the river but the Savute Channel brings in water that fills a large marsh creating an oasis that draws wildlife from a large dry area. Savute is best for huge bull elephants and a great diversity of predators. The area in recent times has been very good for leopards and wild dogs. Historically the area is legendary for lions and spotted hyenas that were featured in the classic wildlife film Eternal Enemies by Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
Safari within the national park is a very different experience to the private concession area of the Okavango Delta and other non-public areas. In the national parks rules require that vehicles remain on road, there is often some vehicle crowding, and game drives return to camp prior to dark. The wildlife quantities are excellent and there is more variation in accommodation than the private concessions but the overall quality of experience does not match the exclusive wilderness of the private areas.
Chobe National Park lies to the west of the gateway town of Kasane. The entrance gate to the Chobe Riverfront is at Kasane and there are flights between Johannesburg and Kasane many days of the week. Kasane is also just an hour and a half road transfer to Victoria Falls making it easy logistically to combine the Falls at the start or end of a Botswana safari. Savute is in the western portion of Chobe National Park. Bush flights connect Chobe Riverfront (via Kasane) and Savute with the Okavango and other safari regions.
Nowhere else can match Chobe for the quantity and quality of elephants. Buffalo and lions are plentiful, spectacular sable antelope are frequently seen. Along the Chobe Riverfront boat cruises provide the best quality wildlife viewing and are a unique safari opportunity featuring elephants (often swimming), hippos, crocodiles and spectacular birds.
To learn more about our itineraries that include Chobe/Savute, click on one of the sample itinerary links below:
Of course, we also create custom Botswana itineraries so you can create your own trip that best meets your needs.
Best Times to Go
Chobe Riverfront is at its prime during the dry season of June through October as huge quantities of wildlife are drawn to the permanent waters of the Chobe River. Savute is less seasonally dependent but also at its best in the dry season. Resident predators are excellent year round in the Savute area.
Below are some of the accommodations in the Chobe and Savute areas. Click a link below for more information.