The most popular area in and just outside Chobe National
Park is the short 9-mile (15km) stretch of Chobe River from
Kasane town to the Serondela campsite.
Few people come to Chobe without taking a trip on this
river to see hundreds of hippopotamuses
Both hippo's and elephants
epitomise this park more than any other animals and are
often featured on the cover of brochures to the area. The
only subject more photographed in Chobe are the exquisite
sanguine sunsets sinking slowly over the water.
Chobe National Park is probably the most affordable of
Botswana's parks and with the lure of excellent game watching
both on and beside the river, the well frequented areas
can become quite crowded.
Notwithstanding the elephants, Chobe has some of the finest
game viewing in Africa. It is notable for huge herds of
being the southernmost point where puku
antelope can be seen.
Where there are buffalo, lions
are never far away and there is a good chance of seeing
large prides who laze around in the shade all day and only
yawn themselves awake at dusk. Hyeana
and leopard also
hunt at night while cheetah
are diurnal predators.
Chobe is rich in bird life with the Pel's
Fishing owl a favourite for bird watchers and the peculiar
strangely beaked African skimmer another speciality.
African fish eagles
are common and their distinctive cry is as evocative of
the African wilderness as the roar of the lion.