Chobe National Park. It’s the place to go to see really jumbo elephants and get good photo opportunities with hippo, crocs and water birds along the river. But the biggest drawback is having to drive the same road over and over in a loop; for us, national parks are as much about changing landscape as they are about animals.
There was a lone sable bull too, beautifully shiny and proud but altogether too wary of us to wait around to be admired. And there were some nice breeding herds of elephant, a few tiny ones scampering to keep up with the adults on their journey across the dry veld towards the river for water.
But after the beauty and remoteness of Luangwa, which is truly timeless untamed Africa, Chobe felt just a little bland.
1. Apart from Ihaha campsite inside the park, most of your camping options are outside the borders of the park. You will then enter the park on a day-entry permit, which in July 2012 cost us 120 pula (R127) per person plus 50 pula (R53) for our foreign-registered vehicle.
2. Two to three days at Chobe are probably enough, even if you’re staying at Ihaha campsite inside the park, which would extend your options for game drives a little further west.
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