The river begins as a small mountain spring in Angola, 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 elephants (which can often be seen crossing the river), buffalo, and 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 – Luxury Collection
Zambezi Queen by Mantis$$$$
Each of the 14 suites on Zambezi Queen features air-conditioning and your own private balcony, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Chobe River and African landscape beyond. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river, or watch a fish eagle take flight – all from the comfort of your own luxurious bed. Unlike a land-based lodge, Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25km of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewin...
Chobe River Hotels
Chobe Savanna Lodge$$$$
Set in a classic African savanna environment with sweeping vistas, the focal point of the lodge is a thatched open-sided lodge which commands a 270-degree view over the Chobe River and beyond to the Chobe National Park. With just 12 en-suite guest rooms, Chobe Savanna Lodge offers an exclusive, all-inclusive luxury Chobe safari. Ideal for wildlife photographers and birders, the Chobe Savanna Lodge boats allow you to explore the far reaches of the Chobe River. Fishing and visits to the local c...
Chobe Water Villas$$$$
Located at the confluence of the legendary Chobe and the mighty Zambezi Rivers where the borders of four countries meet; Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Keen fishing enthusiasts will be challenged by the greatest of all freshwater fighting fish, powerful and energetic Tiger Fish along with Nembwe and the delicious Three Spot Bream. Chobe Water Villas nestles quietly under magnificent shading acacia trees and exclusively hosts only 32 guests in its uniquely positioned luxurious Water ...
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