120,000 elephants roam Chobe – more than anywhere else on the planet and seeing these vast herds is an unforgettable experience and the reason Chobe is called 'Land of Giants'.
There's plenty to see with the changing seasons but it is during the dry season in particular that Chobe impresses, with herds congregating at the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers.
There are three key areas of Chobe.
The Chobe riverfront is the most accessible safari area, reached easily by road from Kasane. Safari boats ply the river while huge herds of elephant, buffalo, lechwe and puku gather on the banks.
If you want to be in the thick of it - head for the river. The forest reserve is a quieter region of Chobe, with far less traffic and stunning views over the river below.
The Savute region of Chobe is more remote. The 100km Savute channel which mysteriously dried up in 1982, only to flow again in 2008 following heightened rains has once again reached the Savuti Marsh, bringing life to the area. Zebra migrate in January/February time and the rare Klipspringer antelope can also be seen here. This is an unpredictable and exciting safari area with some wonderful camps/lodges.
The zebra migration is Africa's longest-known terrestial wildlife migration. Zebra gather at Nxai Pan and Makgadigadi Pan in family groups to foal and enjoy the lush sweet grass which sprouts after the arrival of the November rains. They make the 300km journey north, back to the Chobe river in time for May, where they stay until the end of the dry season.
Linyanti is the region in the north-west of Chobe, home to the private Linyanti and Selinda concessions and consists of lagoons, marshes and mopane forest. Lion is abundant and wild dog den in the area (generally July-September) This is the place to see big predators - a truly spectacular region.
There are many ways to incorporate Chobe into a holiday - combine nights on safari with a stay at nearby Victoria Falls, or visit Chobe as part of a longer safari circuit taking in the Okavango and/or Kalahari.
There are permanent river lodges, tented camps and mobile camps to choose from. Some camps/lodges also offer a family tent/chalet/room. You'll find some sample itineraries below.