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Protected Area Chobe National Park (Linyanti Region)

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Located in Botswana :: Chobe/Kasane
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area

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The Chobe National Park, established 1968, is Botswana’s first national park and home to the largest elephant population in Africa. The park has a surface area of some 11 700km², stretching from the Chobe River in the north, to the Khwai river in the south, and including the floodplains of the Chobe Riverfront, the Savute Swamp region, and the woodlands in between.

The Chobe river has its origin in Angola where it's known as the Kwando River; it then becomes the Linyanti river before changing its name to Chobe at the Ngoma Border post, whereafter it joins the Zambezi river on the way to Victoria Falls. Together, the Chobe, Okavango and Zambesi Rivers carry more water than all the other rivers in southern Africa combined.

In the north-western corner of the Chobe National Park in Botswana lies the forgotten paradise of Linyanti. The Linyanti River forms a natural border between Namibia and Botswana. The river's course makes a 90 degree change from south-east to north-east and inside this nook a swamp has formed (on the Namibian side) similar in appearance to the Okavango Delta. The area that falls within the Chobe National Park has a public camp and is sandwiched between photographic concessions to the west and hunting concessions to the east. The Linyanti Rest Camp has four shady campsites on the banks of the swamp. Basic ablution and running water is available. The marsh of the Linyanti subsides into lagoons and steadily flowing rivers with riverine forests of jackal berry and sausage trees leading to open grasslands, and dry inland wooded areas. The wildlife is plentiful, especially in the dry winter months (April - October) when great concentrations of elephant, buffalo and zebra congregate along the river, with giraffe, impala and roan antelope being seen in the forests.

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Address :  Chobe/Kasane, Botswana

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Facilities :  Lodging, Camping, Airstrip

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Travelling Information

If you travel to this area in the dry season (August) you may notice destruction by elephants of the area, but if you travel here in December after the first rains you may experience lush vegetation especially in the riverine forest. Reportedly there are many elephants. (2013).

The track straight to Savuti is deep deep sand. (Aug-14).

Note that the road between Linyanti and Seronga is a public Transit Road. You do NOT need a permit to use it, unless you want to enter one of the Concession Areas either side of it. For obvious reasons the upmarket lodge owners in this area are not too happy to see self-drive tourists. Be aware that this is not a good road and you have to be very careful of seasonal flooding. Inquire about the road condition from locals shortly before you traverse it and ensure that you have enough fuel to retrace your tracks if necessary. (May 2016).

Although there are no services available inside the park, Kasane has a police station, hospital, shops, ATMs, foreign exchange bureaus, a laundry, and most other services required by visitors.

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