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Chobe Day Trip

Chobe Day Trip

Overview: Chobe Day Trip

Botswana’s Chobe National Park makes a superb day trip from Livingstone or Victoria Falls. Although Mosi-oa-Tunya and Victoria Falls Parks, in Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively, offer some limited game viewing, it doesn’t have the space or the wildlife to offer the same safari experience as southern Africa’s larger parks. With Chobe National Park less than two hours away, including border formalities, a day trip to one of Botswana’s top wildlife destinations is a real opportunity.

Chobe day trip details

You will be picked up from your hotel at around 7.00am and transferred by road to the border post (about 45 minutes). Here you will clear customs, a process that normally around half an hour, before heading off to Chobe National Park – where you should arrive at around 9.00am.

Chobe covers a vast 11,700km2 of the northern Kalahari, but your day will be focused on the Chobe Riverfront, in the north of the park. This area has long been renowned for its wildlife; lions are common and nonchalant, the antelope prolific, and the herds of buffalo and elephant among the largest anywhere. The birdlife is also excellent, from the ubiquitous fish eagle to myriad herons and waders. The amazing fishing skills of the African skimmer is one of the real highlights on the river!

Your safari will start with a leisurely three-hour game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River, with soft drinks and water provided. As well as the birdlife, you’ll often spot hippo and crocodile along the way, as well as elephant and various antelope species. At around 12.30pm, you will be taken to one of the riverbank hotels for lunch, before boarding a 4x4 safari vehicle for a guided game drive in the park. This offers the best opportunity to seek out other wildlife, from prey to predators, as well as to get a real feel for the beauty of the environment.

Following your safari, you will be back at the border post at approximately 5.00pm, arriving back at your hotel at around 6.00pm.

The overall duration of the trip is around 11 hours, giving you a good seven hours to enjoy the park and it’s environments. However, do bear in mind that with the necessary transfers to and from the park you will arrive in Chobe after the best of the morning’s game viewing is finished, and leave before the afternoon cools down sufficiently for most of the game to reappear. If budget and time allow, staying one or two nights at a lodge in the Chobe area would allow you to take full advantage of the game viewing in the area. If your itinerary doesn’t allow for this, then a day trip is still a superb way to see this fantastic park.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's hotels or lodges in the vicinity of Livingstone
End location
Back at your hotel
Meals included
Lunch, plus soft drinks & water during excursions
Duration
Full day - typically around 11 hours
Maximum group size
Ten people

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Chobe National Park is easily reached by a day trip from Livingstone.

Chobe National Park is easily reached by a day trip from Livingstone.

Ideas for holidays which can include Chobe Day Trip

Add this experience to these trip ideas or contact us to start planning your own tailor-made safari to Zambia.


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