“ Country: Botswana / World Region: Africa „
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If you like elephants then Chobe National Park is your place. I've been to many game parks in Africa, and this ranks as one of my favourite, mainly because I think that elephants are particuarly magnificent creatures. Unlike most National Parks, Chobe has so far refused to cull its elephant population, believing it to be an interference with nature. The result? The elephant population has doubled over recent years, with devestating consequences for its environment. The first major observation you will make on entering this park is the lack of vegetation. Elephants are destructive creatures at the best of times, but let them multiply unchecked as they have here, and the effect is the appearance of a war zone. I can guarantee you will not see a tree with all its branches during your visit. For the tourist, this is a bonus as the sparse trees, make it much easier to spot the game. There are numerous types of animals to be found during a safari of the grounds, including several rare varieties of antelops, however once again, the main focus is elephant. In such vast numbers, this species has become more or less confident of human observers, and is happy to continue its daily activites undisturbed by any car that stops to stare at it. Consequently, it is possible to get far closer to the elephants at this park, than at any pother place I have come accross, close enough to touch even if you wish (although this is not advised!). A particuarlly beautiful sight is the elephants joining for a stroll along the river at sunset - a very photogenic moment. Alternatively, there is an oppurtunity for aboat cruise along the river Chobe, which can be far more profitable in terms of the variety of wildlife. A good time to visit is in the dry season (English summer months) when animals congregate along the manks of the river. In one cruise, we came accross, buffalo, elephants and hippos all swimming in the water, as well as far clo
ser to a groups of crocodile than we would have prefered! There are campsites within the park, all comfortable with over expensive shops providing the basic amenities such as food, water and camping equipment. However a word of caution - hundreds of people have been taken by crocodiles along the river, nearly all tourists who believe that a stroll along the enchanting riverbed at night is wort hthe risk. It is not and you have been warned! Alternatively, there are facilites available in the town outside of the park. Park fees were about £5 when I visited, the land safari £10, and the River Cruise £13 although all of these prices are obviously strongly affected by currency values.
If you are into Safaris, and don't like crowded places. Then you should go to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Like all National Parks in Africa Chobe has vast variety of Wildlife. However because the game park has such a vast area, the wildlife is very hard to spot. You have to travel for great distances to see a few of the animals, but the game rangers are very patient and polite!Very sunny but often you get hard terrential rain which only last for short period of time. The game park is a very popular tourist destination but the place does not get crowded. Whenever you go to Botswana be sure to visit Chobe National park it is a great place and it is very close to Victoria Falls so that could be your next destination afterwards!
Chobe National Park, situated at the Northwest of Botswana, is one of the largest games concentration in all the Africa continent and one of the world's last remaining sizeable wilderness area. By size, this is the third largest park of the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park, but definitively the most diverse and spectacular. This is also the country's first national park. Chobe National Park is renowned for having the highest concentration of elephants in Africa with truly impressive herds gathering during both the wet and dry season.