Next Stop: Chobe National Park in Northeastern Botswana

Elephants may be the star attraction, but you’ll also see plenty of buffalo, giraffe, and antelope.

When it comes to seeing African elephants in the wild, few safari destinations can top Chobe National Park, a Qatar-sized wildlife refuge in northeastern Botswana. Some estimates put its resident pachyderm population at 120,000—more than a quarter of the total number of elephants in all of Africa. Massive herds migrate from the park’s wooded heartlands to the floodplains on its fringes with the onset of dry season, starting in May, and it’s during these months that cruises on the Chobe River are a must-do. Elephants may be the star attraction, but you’ll also see plenty of buffalo, giraffe, and antelope, all gathered at the water’s edge to drink and bathe as day turns to night.

Getting There
South African carrier Airlink flies daily from Johannesburg to Kasane airport, right on the doorstep of the national park.

Where to Stay

The sole safari property in the park’s northeastern sector is the riverside Chobe Game Lodge (from US$590 per person), which operates a fleet of electric 4×4 vehicles and solar-powered boats.

What Else?

Chobe extends to where Botswana’s borders meet those of Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. As such, it’s possible to visit Victoria Falls, just a 90-minute drive from Kasane, on a day trip.

This article originally appeared in the April/July 2020 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Trunk Call”).

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