Chobe National Park, Botswana


The Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area is where five countries converge: Angola, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. The center of the area is the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers and includes Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, and Victoria Falls National Park. All of the parks form one large conservation area that allows for animal movement and protection regardless of international borders. We visited Chobe National Park and had a morning game drive in the park known for elephants. There are over 50,000 elephants in just 11,000 square kilometers in the park. Unfortunately, we managed to see zero elephants except the one along the road on the way into the park. We did see some other wildlife though and admired the beautiful Chobe River. We camped just outside the park where the night prior to our stay, both a female lion and a leopard were spotted on the property. Yikes!


Check out the acrobats of a young impala running.


Zazu from The Lion King is a red billed horn bill. We spotted this yellow billed horn bill and couldn’t help but think of the poor little guy!


African guinea fowl are quite entertaining to watch as they scurry off the road.


The sable antelope has curved horns, while the bush buck has white spots on the torso like Bambi. The water buck has a white ring on the rear like a toilet seat. The kudu has vertical stripes down its torso and curled horns.


The rhino beetle is one of the “little five.”


We stopped at Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust on the way to Chobe National Park. It is an Intrepid Foundation organization where we learned about animal rescue and rehabilitation. There focus is to always release the animal back into the wild. Judge is a female vulture who has a deformed wing, therefore can’t be released back into the wild.


4 thoughts on “Chobe National Park, Botswana

  1. I’ve bookmarked a big map of Africa now, so when I read your posts so I can picture where you actually ARE! How long do you plan to be in Africa?? Are you going to work your way all the way up? I assume many of the countries are not safe to be in.

    1. I typed up a response to this comment earlier and I think I lost it. But if it goes through twice, sorry! Most of the game parks are in eastern and Southern Africa so we planned to visit only those countries. Unfortunately, central Africa isn’t safe to travel so it was definitely off limits.

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