Where Elephants Roam in Southern Africa
Located at the northernmost tip of Botswana, Chobe National Park is known for its high density of elephants. You're almost guaranteed to leave this park with a memorable close encounter with a heard. Of course, elephants aren't the only species you'll see here. As you drive your 4x4 through marshes and mopane forests, you'll also spot giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, zebra, impala, wildebeest, sable, leopard and lion. The kori bustard, the world's heaviest flying bird, is also often spotted in the flat and open acacia savannah. This is the most popular park in Botswana when it comes to tourism, likely due to its close proximity to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. An ideal time to visit would be September to November when animals are forced to seek out the last remaining waterholes before the rainy season begins.
By Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
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