Chobe National Park
Situated in the north in Kasane, this game reserve is the third largest in the country, with one of the highest concentrations of wild animals in Africa.
There are four distinct eco-systems: firstly, the Chobe riverfront, featuring marshlands and lush vegetation. The large variety of hardwood trees, such as mahogany and teak, have largely been decimated by the large elephant population. This is a main watering spot for the breeding herds of elephants, often seen playing in the river. Families of cape buffalo, giraffe, sable and puku antelopes also roam the area. Bird life is also fantastic with carmine bee-eaters, spoonbills, stork and other waterfowl. The most visited portion of the park, it is close to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Just up the river is the Caprivi strip where 4 countries meet, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and there are many boat trips available to view this and the hippos and crocodiles along the way.
The second is the Savuti marsh area, the western stretch of the park. Flat savannas and grassland make the wildlife particularly spectacular with species such as kudu, wildebeest, warthog, zebra, impala and herds of majestic elephants during the dry season, along with lions, zebras, the rare cheetahs and hyenas in the wet season. Reputed for the annual migration of predators and zebras, this is a sight to be seen at least once in your life.
Thirdly, the Linyanti Marsh in the north-west corner of the park is alongside the Linyanti River. With open and riverine woodlands, lagoons, and flood plains, here you will find the endangered African wild dog, roan and sable antelope, lion, leopards, a pod of hippos and again, herds of elephants. There are approximately 50,000 elephants in Chobe National Park, leaving massive destruction in their wake. Culling has been suggested, but is too controversial so has been shelved.
For spotting the elusive eland, you would need to take a trip to a hinterland between Linyanti and Savuti.
Imagine seeing all this, and staying in a world-class luxurious thatched game lodge with all the exclusive amenities you can imagine is close to heaven. Haute cuisine restaurants, afternoon tea, exclusive cocktail bars, dinner cruises and picnic lunches are all the order of the day.
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