Chobe is a large national park with a range of distinct environs, from the eponymous river in the north to the marshes and plains further south. The renowned riverfront sector is relatively crowded but undoubtedly game rich, with the Chobe flowing deep and wide throughout the year to provide an invaluable water source. This is bona fide big game country with significant predator numbers, but it is most famous for the vast herds of elephant and buffalo that congregate at the river during the dry season, the pachyderms often crossing when water levels are lower.
This hive of wildlife activity, enhanced by iridescent water birds and varied antelope, inevitably brings traffic to the riverfront. It is possible to self-drive in the park, although vehicle numbers have been limited and the one permanent camp inside the park offers the best early morning access to the prized riverfront track. Although you will definitely see other vehicles and boats on game viewing activities, this is not necessarily a bad thing, as the wildlife is well habituated and less likely to bolt. Most of the accommodations are larger, hotel styled options, with vibrant, social evenings that make Chobe a fine choice for families. For connoisseurs and tranquillity seekers, there is excellent, semi-permanent tented accommodation inside the park, or a small, luxury lodge close to the gates. Boating activities offer privileged access to the huge herds of buffalo and elephant, so you should definitely not strike a visit to Chobe off your dream Botswana itinerary.