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Chobe National Park

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Chobe National Park

Travel Update Summer 2020: Most destinations, sites and parks reopened with limitations. Check the official websites and read our crucial ‘BEST TIME TO GO' and ‘AVOIDING THE CROWDS’ tips:


When Is the Best Time 

You may have the best game viewing experiences in September and October before the rainy season starts. These months are the hottest with day temps around 34°C to 38°C. More pleasant temps in the peak season from June to August, but nights are pretty chilly with one digit temps. Continue reading to get all information for each season. 

Giraffes in the Chobe National Park in Botsuana

May - June (sweet spot months)

Lower prices and fewer tourists than in high season. Cold nights. Especially in May, the landscape is still green with thicker bushes. Thus animal sightings are a little harder than during the dry season. However, sightings are often good already. If you like more privacy during the safaris, these months could be for you.

July - October (Dry Season)

High season with increasing prices. Mornings can still be chilly in July and August. Fewer mosquito. Highest animal concentration along the riverfront and waterholes. This is the best game viewing time. Particularly in the hottest and driest months of September and October the sightings are sensational. However, it can be crowded: You’ll see many other jeeps at hot spots like Chobe’s riverfront.

November - March/April (Wet Season)

Lower prices, fewer tourists. Higher humidity, more mosquito. Rain sometimes starts in November. The wet season is incredible for bird watching. Game viewing is still possible but not as stunning as in the peak months. The worst weather usually occurs in January / February with a possibility of rain for days and thunderstorms. 

Temperature and monthly rainfall overview.

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Review and Tips 

Chobe is the elephant kingdom. The elephant population is estimated at 50.000. Together with a great variety of wildlife: giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, puku, warthog, lions, hyenas, jackals, bat-eared foxes, cheetahs, and wild dogs.

Sunset with elephant at the Chobe National Park

Chobe national park encompasses 11000km² and covers a wide variety of ecosystems, from the riverine forest, floodplains and periodic marsh to the rocky outcrops. The Okavango Delta gets flooded with water from Angola between March and July. Okavango, Chobe, and Moremi are the most famous parks of Botswana.



Aug 10, 2015

This park has a spectacular elephant population. There are about 50.000 elephants!

Sep 13, 2015

Yes the population is big. We discovered a huge herd of elephants.

Jul 13, 2016

We had a great trip here in 2015, travelled in June, cool mornings, beautiful clear days. And managed to get some great photos. The elephants, giraffe and lions were the highlight by a long way. If you are in to birds its also very special.

Oct 21, 2016

I visited Chobe National Park this year in August. On a sundown-cruise on the chobe river I took the photo of the waterbucks and the beautiful sunset on a boat cruise at Kasane.

Oct 21, 2016

Crocodile in the Chobe river near Kasane. Taken in the morning on a boat trip. The second photo shows an elephant having fun while having a bath. Taken at a waterhole. The last photo shows a young leopard. Both Savuti, Chobe National Park.