Chobe National Park
Elephants abound along the Chobe River as do the gamut of plains species including buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wild dog, giraffe, zebra, kudu and so on down the height chart to the rare water-friendly red lechwe and puku antelopes.
The Chobe River is the arterial life-line that shoulders its way through gigantic teak, jackalberry and mukwa trees towards its confluence with the Zambezi River. Along the way, the Chobe gets tangled up with the Kwando River to form the Linyanti Wetlands - a delta-like area of pristine beauty and exceptional game viewing, especially in the dry months.
In the south of Chobe National Park is Savuti: game viewing destination extraordinaire. The Savuti marshlands offer year-round game viewing with incredible concentrations of wildlife; the famously feuding predators; and the infamous gangs of elephant-hunting lion. If you want to experience the marrow-curdling roar of a lion - Savuti's your place.
If you want to see most of southern Africa's wildlife including giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, tsessebe, roan, sable, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, eland and of course the predators lion, cheetah, wild dog, hyaena, jackal and bat-eared fox... Savuti's your place.
Flowing from the Linyanti Wetlands, the Savuti channel dried up in 1980 leaving a corridor of marsh and grass through the woodland surrounds. After exceptional rains the channel flowed again in 2008 creating a safari stir the likes of which are seldom seen: swimming ostriches, gorging lions and a gaggle of birds all agog at their new-found treasure and raising the big question: has the Savuti channel entered a new era in the inexplicable wet and dry cycle?
Chobe is near Victoria Falls making the two destinations ideal sight-seeing/safari bedfellows on a circuit that could include many of the other amazing destinations in southern Africa.
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Maun. A town in northern Botswana. A town on the banks of Thamalakane River. To the San people, the place of short reeds. To today's tourists, the hub, gateway, meeting place and launch bay for the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe River. It's a tiny outpost really, halfway between the juicy delta and the parched salt pans. This is Botswana's tourism capital.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The big attractions: wilderness, wildlife and the San hunter-gatherers. With such vast expanses of uninhabited land you're about as remote as you can be on planet Earth without putting your life at risk. Explorations barely scratch the perimeter of this savanna wilderness and the wildlife roams far and free.
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