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his magnificent river runs along the northern border of the Chobe National Park in Botswana. In the northern highlands of Angola it rises on the slopes of Mount Tembo where it is called the Kwando. From here it travels an enormous distance before reaching the Kalahari sands and then onto Botswana where it becomes Linyanti. From here it reaches Ngoma where it becomes the Chobe River. The Chobe’s course like the Okavango and the Zambezi River, is affected by fault lines which are extensions of the Great Rift Valley.  Four distinctive geographical locations namely the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuté and Linyanti make up the Chobe National Park. The riverfront is famous for its large herds of mammals which come down to the river to drink during the dry winter months.

Wim van den Heever-194The Chobe supports a diversity of concentrated wildlife which is unlike anywhere else in the country. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of elephants during this time making their way down to the river to drink, bathe and play. On a game drive exploring the water’s edge you may encounter a number of animals at any one time including puka, lechwe and waterbuck, which can only be found in this part of Botswana. The river offers a fantastic avenue for game viewing, but it is not the only way to explore and see animals in the park. A river cruise allows a different vantage point as onlookers get the chance to see crocodile, hippo and other aquatic animals up close. There is also a large array of aquatic birds to be found.