The Chobe National Park
The Chobe is one of Africa’s great national park occupying over 11,000 square kilometers of Botswana with the most varied and diverse animal and bird populations in the country. The Chobe River is the northern boundary of the park and the natural border with Namibia’s Caprivi region. The river is the only permanent water source and this leads to it having the huge elephant populations who rely on this life giving force throughout the year but especially in the drier cooler months between April and October.
The Chobe is a fantastic safari destination throughout the year. It has the largest elephant populations in Africa with a population in excess of 100,000 animals. Other permanent residents include buffalo, giraffe, hippo, plenty of antelope species as well as a healthy population of lion and leopard which prey upon them. the larger mammals in The Chobe tend to be some of the most relaxed in the region which is even more conducive to great wildlife photography.
During the warmer summer months (Nov to April) it is a birder’s paradise. The Chobe has around 450 different species recorded each year including some very special seasonal migratory visitors such as Carmine Bee Eaters and African Skimmers. Fish Eagles are super abundant along the river.
Kasane is known as the gateway to the Chobe National Park. The airport recently underwent a huge rebuild and is now very efficient and comfortable. there are daily flight to Johannesburg for international connections and the airport also serves all of the Botswana charter airlines, like our preferred partner Mack Air, that fly people in and out of the more remote safari destinations such as the Okavango Delta.
It is also only 2 hours by road across the border from the iconic World Heritage Site Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. if you would like to visit the Falls we have several preferred hotel partners there and we will be happy to recommend somewhere to suit your needs. We have a local, reliable transfer company who have very comfortable minivans who do all of our transfers to and from the Falls, door-to-door.
If you are driving yourself you can find us by clicking on this link to Google Maps . We have plenty of free parking for you to use during your stay. If you are in a hire car then the nearest place to drop the car is at Kasane Airport and if you let us know your estimated arrival time we will happily collect you once you have handed over your rental car to the hire company.
Safety, Malaria & Vaccinations
In recent years there have been thankfully few incidences of Malaria in the area and with the position of the hotel up on the plateau we get very few mosquitos as opposed to when you are closer to the river. Taking malarial prophylaxis is advisable though especially over the summer months from November to April when there is a bit more rain and the mosquitoes are more active. In the evenings its always a good idea to spray some repellent. As far as vaccinations are concerned please consult with your doctor and the latest medical advice as this changes regularly.
Botswana is generally a very safe place to be. The biggest threat is from wildlife but as long as you don’t decide to wander off into the surrounding bush alone (as we do have lots of animals around the hotel) you will be perfectly safe.