The Chobe River winds like a deep blue ribbon through the sandy terrain of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. It supports a thriving community of elephants as well as lions, giraffes, and abundant birdlife. It’s also one of the country's most accessible parks, especially for viewing big game, so expect plenty of safari lodges and encounters with other travelers as they crisscross the 4,200-square-mile park on game driving excursions. If big cats are at the top of your wish list, head to the Savute River, where large populations of lions, cheetahs, and hyenas like to hang out.
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