Known to be the first national park of Botswana, Chobe National Park is a well-known safari destination that has garnered tourists from all walks of life. Covering an area of 11700 square Kilometer, the national park houses amazing wildlife and most of all the maximum concentration of elephants. Because of its diverse biological ecosystem, Chobe National Park is considered to be the third-largest national park in Botswana. Delta of Linyanti Marshes, a remote region of Savuti and the riverfront makes this park, land of diverse geography that supports the amazing and dense wildlife.
In the 1930s, Chobe was first set as a wildlife reserve and later in 1968 became the first national park of Botswana. The Chobe Riverfront that supports the park’s largest wildlife concentration is the major highlight of the park that can be explored on your Africa tour packages. The frequently visited and easily reached is the Chobe riverfront that is famed for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo which converge upon the river to drink during the dry winter months.
There is a large population of waterbucks, the native puku, lechwe, giraffe, roan, kudu and grass, baboons, impala, warthog, monkeys and bushbuck which dwell in Botswana’s Chobe National Park. For bird lovers, the park houses more than 460 species and predators like lion, hyena, leopard etc that can be seen roaming around freely in their natural habitat.
Chobe National Park is home to large herds of elephant and people from all over the globe come to visit the park to witness these gigantic creatures from a closer view making your Africa safari packages worthwhile. The elephants at the park are celebrities in their own right and tourists get to have face-to-face encounters with this largest living land animal on earth making your tour exciting.
So how many elephants are there really nicknamed Land of the Gentle Giants in this park and why did they choose to make this their home? We dive into the mystery and find out about the reasons behind it.
Where is Chobe National Park?
Located in northern Botswana near the Okavango Delta, Chobe national park is called the elephant capital of the world. Established in the 1960s, Chobe is not only country’s first national park and the third largest but it is also the most diverse where you can spend some time amidst the animals and lush greenery making your Africa holiday packages unforgettable.
Why are there so many elephants in Chobe?
Chobe is special for its large herds of elephants and it lures tourists from all over the world. The adult elephants do not really have any predators in the wild except the human so the park has our favourite animal in countless numbers. The popular Chobe River once used to be the part of their migration route, but the wars that took place on the borders of the neighbouring countries resulted in mass poaching. And because of this deterred the elephants from taking the route and hence took refuge in the picturesque Chobe National Park.
Today, Chobe boasts of approximately 120,000 elephants that keep shuffling through the plains and can be spotted on your Africa holiday packages. It is quite difficult to determine the exact number but they have eventually started to cross the famed Chobe River during their seasonal migratory route and using their huge tusks as snorkels, it is truly a sight to behold.
Elephants without Borders, based in Kasane’s gateway town, are also to be praised for that flourishing community. A non-profit charity, they concentrate on an elephant and natural resource conservation through awareness, elephant herd monitoring, and research methods.
The organization also seeks to provide solutions to the effect of the ever-growing elephant population on the environment and the survival of other animals. They do this by using aerial surveys to track the sizes and distribution of the elephant herds. Through integrating this with digital terrestrial charts, they can predict changes and maintain a balance.
Often referred to as ‘ellies’, there are endless stories about the existence of these gigantic creatures and why it seems to have the exact same emotions as humans have. Whispered around campfires, these stories always boil down to one thing: that the elephant used to be humans. Although this may sound far-fetched, it cannot be denied that there is more to them than we can see.
Elephants are said to be experiencing sorrow, happiness, sympathy and anxiety. For example, while many other wild animals can be cut-throat when it comes to survival and leaving the young and vulnerable behind to die, elephants exhibit discomfort when presented with similar dilemmas. The elephants seemingly grieve just like the humans when one of their own passes away, carrying out the rituals just like humans perform funerals.
What other animals can I see at Chobe?
Chobe National Park may be home to the elephants but it is much more than. For the avid bird lovers, the park is home to more than 450 species, so it would be better to carry your binoculars to spot them during your Africa tour packages. It is during the wet summer months where you can see the migratory birds such as the carmine bee-eater. Other birds which you can spot are kori bustard and the secretary bird. If you wish to see the larger land animals, you can see the Big 5 as well as other endangered animals roaming around freely in their natural environment.
Chobe weather: when to go
To enjoy the best game viewing experience, you must visit Chobe between May to September which is during the dry season. It is the best time to expect clear skies and prime game viewing with less vegetation blocking your view. If you plan to see much more than the animals, visit the park from October to April in the summer or the green season as you will get to witness plenty of newborn animals. And if you love bird watching, plan your vacation around December to March.