Chobe – Savuti, Linyanti


 

Chobe National Park

Whether arriving by air or road, the first glimpse of the river – deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain – is always breathtaking. It appears as a swathe of brilliant, peacock blue ribbon, winding its way through the tiny town of Kasane, and ensuing wilderness of Chobe National Park. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most prolific wildlife regions, Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife that rivals anywhere in Africa.

The Chobe Riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephants and cape buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. Driving the loops that hug the river’s edge, you may see up to 15 different species of animals on any one game drive, including waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal.

Take a river cruise and you’ll experience the park and the animals from another vantage point. Here you’ll get up close and personal with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird safaris.

 

Savuti

Truly at the interior of the park, Savuti boasts most of the chobe species. It is best known for its predators, particularly lion, cheetah and hyena, of which there are large resident populations.

The Savuti channel flows from the Linyanti River for about 100 kilometres, carrying water away from the river and releasing it into a vast swampland called the Savuti Marsh, and further south onto the Mababe Depression. The Mababe, an immense flat that is fringed by thickets of trees, was once part of the Makgadikgadi super-lake. When filled with water, it becomes the venue for thousands of migratory birds and animals, particularly large herds of zebra.

 

Linyanti

Along the Linyanti fault line, there are varied woodland habitats and ancient floodplains, making the Linyanti a fantastic complement to a Botswana itinerary. It is an enormous wildlife-rich area with unrivalled remoteness and space. The Linyanti landscapes host abundant wildlife including the world’s highest densities of elephant in the dry winter months. Linyanti is also home to healthy predator numbers including a high number of endangered wild dog.

 

For more details about trips within Chobe region, including Chobe National Park, Savuti and Linyanti, please contact us on: res@okavangoexplorers.com

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