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The Chobe River

Rivers of Namibia

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park in Botswana and the higher reaches of this river are known as the Linyanti. The riverine vegetation is luxurious and visitors to Namibia can experience the expanse of vast floodplains and savannah of the Chobe River, on a river cruise or game drive along the riverfront.

Probably the best time and the most enjoyable way, to witness the goings on of the Chobe, are in the afternoon and on a boat cruise. Even though the riverine landscape has been decimated by elephant, there is still a good chance of spotting lion or cheetah. Hippo amble on to dry land and the riverfront is awash with elephant on their way to 'spray and play' whilst having a well-earned romp in the meantime. Buffalo are present in their thousands, and giraffe, zebra, warthog, brown and spotted hyena, jackal, baboons and wild dogs, all have their own reasons to visit.

Most of the endemic antelope species – wildebeest, roan, sable, tsessebe, bushbuck, kudu, eland, impala and waterbuck – frequent the water, with the possibility of a sighting of the rare grysbok or oribi. The water-loving red lechwe and the rare puku also inhabit the marshy river floodplain. The small, stocky puku has a face like a waterbuck, but with notched, inward curving horns. Watch out for crocs and the playful Cape clawless otter as your boat cruises the Chobe.

Ornithologists can marvel at the variety and abundance of bird life, ranging from flashy lilac-breasted rollers and white-fronted bee-eaters to kori bustards, korhaans, secretary birds, vultures and marabou storks. African jacana, snakebirds, gallinules, herons and ducks are also supported by the Chobe River. Screaming African fish eagles can be heard along the river, practicing before they dive in for fish.

Chobe Savannah Lodge, on the Puku Flats, at the northern extremity of the park, is an excellent location for travellers looking for an exclusive Chobe River experience. Guided canoe excursions, night game drives along the river, and private motor boats for water-born game viewing are a specialty. On the south side of Impalila Island, overlooking the Chobe, is Ichingo Island Lodge. They have a fleet of high quality boats, each with it's own dedicated guide, that drift along the river in search an extensive array of game.

Rivers of Namibia

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Camp Kwando

On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) & Mudumu Reserves

Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge

Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic with open fronted bungalows overlooking the river.

Caprivi Houseboat Safaris

Explore the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers on an adventurous houseboat holiday. Certainly one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways of exploring the waterways of this area

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge offers an ideal base to day trip into some of the Zambezi Regions most well-known national parks and a famous world heritage site.

Chobe Princess Houseboats

Part of the Zambezi Queen collection these three smaller houseboats operate on the Chobe River " offer a superb opportunity to view birds, mammals and scenery on a 2 or 3 night trip

Chobe River Camp

A rustic tented camp, built on raised decks overlooking the Chobe River and Chobe National Park.

Chobe Savanna Lodge

Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain from its situation on the banks of the Chobe River in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors

Chobe Water Villas

Overlooking the Chobe River and Botswana's Chobe National Park, this boutique hotel offers an excellent opportunity to experience all the wildlife and activities the Chobe Region has to offer

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.

Jackalberry Tented Camp

A four room private camp set inside the Nkasa Rupara National Park. A remote and private location in Namibia's least visited hidden gems of a game park makes this a must visit lodge. The lodge can also be booked for exclusive use on a self catering basis

Kaza Safari Lodge | Impalila Island

This lodge is located at the only place in the world where four countries meet. It is a wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.

Lianshulu Bush Lodge

A more rustic and smaller alternative to the ever popular Lianshulu Lodge

Lianshulu Lodge

Situated in the Mudumu National Park this is one of the east Zambezi Region's most popular lodges

Mazambala Island Lodge

Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway

Nambwa Lodge

Located on the banks of the Kwando river in the heart of the Mashi Conservancy, within Bwabwata National Park. This is a sanctuary for more than 35 game species and upwards of 330 bird species. Animals move freely throughout the area which creates a mecca for wildlife viewing

Namushasha River Lodge

A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

A wonderful lodge in an extremely remote location, this is a must for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track and experience Namibia at her best. Offers game viewing in the Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and boat trips on the Linyanti River.

Pride of the Zambezi Houseboat

A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing experiences on the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers

Susuwe Island Lodge

in the Bwabwata National Park this is a perfect land and water camp with six luxury suites, each with private plunge pool

Zambezi Mubala Lodge

Along the edge of the mighty Zambezi River, lies a bird-lover’s dream, this lodge is home to one of the largest colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters, that live along the banks of the majestic Zambezi.

Zambezi Queen

A luxurious house boat on the Chobe River which offers 2 or 3 night cruises on the Chobe River. An excellent way to celebrate a special occasion or just to relax in these splendid surroundings

Zovu Elephant Lodge

In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers

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