Chobe National Park – Safaris in Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park – General Information:

First proclaimed as a reserve in 1961 the Chobe National Park now covers 10,698km2 and is home to the largest concentration of elephants on the planet.  As of 2012 more than 165 000 elephants are believed to live in the northern regions of Botswana.  There is some concern among scientists that this population is not sustainable and that habitat degradation will lead to the starvation of other herbivore species and, eventually, of the elephants themselves. Not everyone agrees with this though but it remains a subject of heated debate amongst ecologists and zoologists. The Chobe has several different regions, the most important being the Chobe River area in the north and the Savuti area in the central park of the park.

 

The Chobe River Area

Rising in the western highlands of Zambia the Chobe river is the focal point for wildlife in the northern part of the Chobe National Park. A great many safari companies are based in the small town of Kasane which is the northern gateway of the Chobe. Many people visit the Chobe National Park from neighboring Zimbabwe and Zambia and this area can sometimes be quite crowded particularly in August when many Europeans holiday in Botswana. There are however still areas of the northern Chobe where one can escape the madding crowd, even in August but you’ll need to come on safari with us to see those places!

 

 The Central Chobe Area – The new Jewel of the Kalahari

From the 1950’s to 1980, the Savuti Channel snaked it’s way from the Zibadianja Lagoon down through the arid grasslands of north-western Chobe to fill the Savuti Marsh. This oasis in the centre of an otherwise desperately dry landscape attracted wildlife in enormous numbers but then in 1980 the channel simply stopped flowing and the abundant wildlife either died or moved to wetter regions to the south and north. Some remnants of the wildlife survived and artificial waterholes were installed to sustain the remaining wildlife populations.  Although still home to a good variety of wildlife and elephant bulls in particular, Savuti became an arid environment, it’s wetland days but a distant memory. We never thought we would see it in our lifetime but in 2010 the channel began flowing once again and now the Savuti Marsh is once again inundated and the entire region is going through some very exciting changes as it returns to a life-giving wetland once again.

 

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