The Four Corners of Southern Africa
At Chobe National Park, in a corner of Africa still redolent of the game-rich continent of old, four countries come together: Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Although it’s home to some of Botswana’s most varied wildlife, the park is best known for its huge resident elephant population – in the dry season it boasts Africa’s highest concentration of elephants.
The Chobe River at the park’s northern reaches is its lifeline and perennial water supply. Sunset boat rides float you by yawning hippos, herds of elephants, and flocks of myriad waterfowl lining the riverbanks; the floodplains are filled with grazing herds of buffalo and big game.
Arrange to stay at the Chobe Chilwero Lodge. Secluded and sitting high on a hill, the fifteen luxurious thatched-roof bungalows of the lodge, whose name means “riveting view,” afford the best lookout over the park and the river.