They say that certain places in this world can take your breath away; Chobe National Park in Botswana was definitely one of those destinations for me. Places like this just put everything into perspective, and I felt it was such a privilege to see so many animals just there, living their lives in such a different way to us…and to be there on the sidelines getting a glimpse of it all was out of this world.
On all my travels, wild animals are my thing (like that time I literally died with happiness when we went whale watching in Kaikoura, or the time my life nearly ended diving with 50 sharks in Fiji…)
So once the word ‘safari’ was put out there for our family trip this year it was a no brainer. 🙂 We had heard great things about Chobe, and it was on most of our bucket lists (apart from my Dad’s, who reckons seeing animals in a zoo is the same as going on safari…wtf, someone please have a word)
We travelled in April and had animals coming out of our ears; lions, elephants, giraffe, kudu, warthog, baboons, monkeys, crocs, a million types of bird. BUT if you’re planning a trip and you want to be there for the ‘elephant season’ you should try to go between May – October. Between these months, the river acts as a watering hole for around 50,000 elephants. Yeah. What dreams are made of…literally.
I spent the majority of my time with my camera up to my face (it was all so beautiful) and had to remind myself at times to put it down so I could truly appreciate what was going on in front of my eyes, because it truly was unreal. Moments like that are the best. <3
My photo journal: On safari in Chobe…
Chobe Marina Lodge (Botswana side)
Chobe Water Villas (Namibia side)
Both properties are right where the action happens and very close to the entrance to Chobe National Park – they literally look at each other across the Chobe River. As Chobe Water Villas is technically in Namibia (over the other side of the river to the National Park) you need to get your passport stamped each time you head back across the river for a game drive – this is easy and painfree as staff take them off to get stamped before your trip. And the views make it absolutely worth it. Also, we spent an afternoon watching elephants walk by the river further down on the opposite bank <3
Chobe Marina Lodge is also right by the river; we had monkeys swinging past us and crocs swimming by while we ate lunch. Chobe Marina Lodge is on the Botswana side meaning you don’t need to cross the river to get to the park entrance, so transfer time is a little shorter. Game drives here happen at 5am / 6am, as this is the best time for the cats, and then again in the afternoon for the elephants / giraffes. River cruises can be done from both properties. 🙂
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