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Chobe River

The river begins its existence as a small mountain spring in Angola, where it is known as the Kwando (a Hambukushu name). From here, it travels great distances through the Kalahari sands before it reaches Botswana and becomes the Linyanti (a Subiya name).

It finally becomes the Chobe at the border post of Ngoma, from where it continues to run along Botswana’s northern border before meeting the mighty Zambezi and tumbling over the precipice at Victoria Falls. The Chobe’s course, like the Okavango and the Zambezi River, is affected by fault lines which are extensions of the Great Rift Valley.

This section of the river attracts an almost unbelievable density of game, including vast herds of elephant (which can often be seen crossing the river) and buffalo, as well as countless hippos and crocodiles. The birdlife is extraordinary too, particularly in the wetter summer months. The wide banks and lush grass attract rare antelope such as red lechwe and puku to the water’s edge. The river is also home to over 90 species of fish.

Chobe River Hotels

$$$$ Chobe Water Villas Chobe River

Chobe Water Villas is an exclusive and intimate "boutique" Lodge located in Namibia at the eastern tip of the famous Caprivi Strip now known as the Zambezi Region. The Lodge is privately situated in...

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$$$ Zambezi Queen Chobe River

Zambezi Queen offers luxury accommodation in the form of 14 tasteful and luxurious suites – ten standard suites and four spacious master suites, all with outer decks so you can soak up the...

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$$$ Ichingo Chobe River Lodge Chobe River

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers the ideal location to experience all that the Chobe has to offer with the added benefit of being on the Namibian side of the river. Quieter, more secluded and...

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$$$$ Chobe Savanna Lodge Chobe River

Set in a classic African savanna environment with sweeping vistas, the focal point of the lodge is a thatched open-sided lodge which commands a 270-degree view over the Chobe River and beyond to the...

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$$$ Chobe Princess Chobe River

As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to relax in an intimate river safari experience ultimately. With only a small number of guests per boat staying...

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