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Protected Area Chobe National Park (Savuti Region)

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


Established in 1968, Chobe was Botswana’s first national park; today, it's home to Africa's largest elephant population. The park has a surface area of approximately 11 700km² and stretches from Chobe River in the north, to Khwai river in the south. The park includes the floodplains of the Chobe Riverfront, the Savute Swamp region, and the woodlands in between.

The Savute Channel flows out of the Linyanti River in the north and travels through the dry central Savute region, before emptying into the Savute Marsh and Mababe Depression 100km further south. This water is supplemented by the Ngwezumba River, and when the large, flat region fills with water, thousands of migratory birds and animals, especially large herds of zebra, congregate in the area.

Traveller Description

The Savuti region is known for its large predator populations: lion, cheetah and hyena. If rainfall in the catchment area is insufficient, the Savuti Channel may not flow; this causes the marsh to dry out and game to concentrate around the Linyanti River. For a short distance, this river forms the northwestern border of the park. In the dry winter months, this area fills with water which travels down from the catchment area in Angola; it forms an inland delta known as the Linyanti Swamps, with channels and islands similar to the Okavango Delta.

The area was originally home to the nomadic Basarwa San and the remains of their rock art can be seen at Bushman Hill south of Savuti rest camp. There are three artificial waterholes near the camp (Pump Pan, Rhino Vlei and Marabou Pan) with permanent water and good game watching.

Address :  Chobe/Kasane, Botswana
Postal :  P.O. Box 66, Maun, Botswana
Contact :  Central Reservations - Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks
Tel :  +267 66 1265
Email :  Click Here
Host Website :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Nothing

Time Information
Gate Opening and Closing Times :  Mar-Sept: 06h00 – 18h30; Oct- Feb: 05h30 – 19h00

Rates and Payment
Fee/s :  Park Fees: BWP30(Citizens); BWP205(Residents/SADC Residents); BWP270(Non-Residents).Children pay half price. Vehicles(foreign registered) btwn BWP60-BWP250 per day. (Updated Jun-2022).

Destination Information
Lodging Camping Airstrip

Landing Strip Safe Parking Available
Accommodation (Tented Camp)

Game Viewing Game Drives 4WD Trails Canoeing Bird Watching Stargazing
Night Drives
Game to View :  Elephant. Lion. Sable. Roan. Hippos. Wild dog. Kudu. Zebra. Buffalo. Waterbuck and Impala.
Notes on Activities :  (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information

Self Drive Access :  Yes
Vehicle Type :  4WD

There are various luxury lodges in the park, of which the tented camp at Savuti Restcamp is the most affordable. Camping accommodation is available at Savuti Restcamp but the peak season is fully booked up to a year in advance. The lesser known Linyanti Restcamp, on the banks of the Linyanti river, is a great alternative for travellers who want to camp in the park.
If you travel through the Nogatsaa area en-route from Kasane to Savuti, Nogatsaa Pans Chobe Lodge offers lodging and camping.
There is no petrol, diesel or food supply available in the park, only at Muchenje village and Kasane.
Chobe National Park is a Malaria risk area, it is more frequent during Jan-May in the rainy season.

There are a number of different gates where you can pay your park fees and enter the park. The main entrance is at Sedudu Gate in the north-east of the park near the town of Kasane. Then there is Ngoma gate near Namibia, which can be accessed by the public road that runs for 54 kilometres through the park and is used by visitors from Namibia and those starting in the Chobe Enclave. The southern entrance to the park is at Mababe gate along a route that connects with Moremi Game Reserve. This gate is 56km south of Savute.

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.

 Travel Tip!

In the rainy season, the eastern track closer to the Chobe Channel may be very muddy, so it's advisable to travel on the western Sand Ridge Road between Savute Camp and Mababe Gate.

In the dry season, the thick sand on the Sand Ridge Road, makes for difficult travelling, and it's advisable to travel on the eastern track, closer to the Chobe Channel.

There are no formal roads in the park, and its two-spoor sandy / muddy tracks can only accessed by an off-road vehicle. No fuel is available between Maun in the south and Muchenje & Kasane in the north; visitors travelling between Maun and Kasane via Savuti must ensure they're carrying sufficient fuel to reach their destination.

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