The Chobe National Park consists of four areas: the Chobe River-front, Savute, Nogatsaa and vast areas in between them. We stayed in Savute once and the Chobe River-front twice, on both times driving the long, slow 110km of sandy roads between the two.
The river front would be beautiful even without the wildlife. As it is, the animals and birds flock to the permanent source of water, including many of Botswana's 155,000 elephants.
Savute, by contrast, has no permanent natural water source and is a much more seasonal destination. The presence of some man-made waterholes do, however, mean that it can now be visited year-round, with the chance to see dramatic encounters when water is scarce. See Savute to see the amazing Savute Pride, and more.
After seeing almost no elephants, we suddenly came on at least 200, of all sizes, flooding down to the water's edge, staging mock fights & greeting each other. They didn't let us get too close, and we weren't pushing the point!
BELOW: A white-fronted bee-eater kills a moth by dashing it against the branch.
BELOW: The African fish eagle is one of the quintessential sights and sounds of African waterways - its call travelling great distances.
ABOVE: The humble squirrel is one of the most successful animals in the world in terms of spread and ability to survive.
LEFT: Water monitor.
RIGHT: Striped mongoose with babies - one of our consolation prizes when waiting, unsuccessfully, for a leopard to return to his kill.
A marabou stork and small crocodile investigate each other nose-to-nose for a moment before each going its own way.
Hippos: the (vegetarian) animal which kills more people than any other animal does in Africa.
BELOW & RIGHT: The Chobe River is beautiful at any time of the day.