The Chobe River joins the Zambezi River where four countries meet, making up the Zambezi River basin in Southern Africa – Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Until quite recently, this region was referred to as Zambesia.
Thanks to its proximity to the Falls (a mere 75km drive) and some of the best wildlife experiences in Africa, this region has become a major staging-place for tourists.
The Chobe river frontage, shared between Botswana and Namibia, has seen major accommodation development in recent times, giving rise to safari lodges and smaller boutique camps and lodges.
The majority of these lodges and hotels are on the Botswana side of the river, as the Chobe National Park is home to the bulk of the wildlife on view.
Game-viewing can be enjoyed from either 4 x 4 vehicles within the Chobe National Park or from game-viewing boats on the river.
In Botswana, both can be undertaken from the vistors’ lodge but visitors staying in Namibia are required to cross over into Botswana, clearing immigration, to enjoy a game drive. However, they are free to view game by boat, without crossing into Botswana.