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CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Chobe National Park Information

Chobe National Park Information

Chobe National Park takes its name from the Chobe river. The Chobe river forms the northern boundary and protects about 11700 square km. Its vegetation varies from lush floodplains to the scorched Savuti marsh. This is classic big game country where herds of buffalo and elephant attain legendary proportions. These are matched by exceptionally large lion prides.

What makes the northern part of Chobe unique is the fact that it lies next to the Chobe River for almost 60 km. This allow for excellent game viewing along the Chobe river drive. Animals need to come and drink water. Large raptors are nesting close to the Chobe river and there is an abundance of water birds and migrating birds.

Chobe National park includes Savuti in the south of the park. Savuti is 5-6 hours south of the Chobe River Front. Savuti has one large public campsite close to the Savuti marsh.


Campsite RatesPark Entry FeesGetting ThereGeneral InformationPark Rules and RegulationsBotswana Border PostsMalaria

Campsite Rates.(subject to change).

Campsite Botswana Citizen Botswana Resident SADC Citizens Internationals
Ihaha BWP 100 BWP 125 BWP 175 USD 40
Savuti BWP 110 BWP 170 BWP 275 USD 60
Linyanti BWP 110 BWP 170 BWP 275 USD 60

These rates include.

• A litter free campsite (cleaned and raked).
• A maximum of three vehicles per site.
• Anti-bacterial soap and toilet paper in the ablution blocks.
• Daily rubbish collection.
• 12% government tax.
• Usage of clean ablution blocks with hot & cold showers and flushing toilets.

Park Entry Fees.

(Per person per day) CITIZEN RESIDENT NON RESIDENT
Adults (18 and above) P10.00 P30.00 P120.00
Children (8 – 17 years) P5.00 P15.00 P60.00
Children under 8 years FREE FREE FREE
Vehicle fees Daily Botswana Registered. Foreign Registered.  
Motor Vehicles Under 3500 kg (Private) P10.00 P50.00
Motor Vehicles 3500kg – 7000 kg (Private) P500.00 P1,000.00
Motor Vehicles Over 7000kg (Private) P800.00 P1,500.00

Chobe River Front Campsite.
Ihaha Campsite & Savuti Campsite

  • Toilet and shower facilities.
  • BBQ facilities.
  • Designated Campsites.
  • Unfenced.
  • Park fees are payable in cash on arrival at Botswana Wildlife office.
  • No entry without a reservation.
  • For your own safety you are required to camp in the site you have booked.
  • Noise is to be kept to a minimum at all times.
  • No off road driving allowed.
  • Exit park at 11:00 am otherwise an extra day will be charged at exit gate.

These rates include.

• A litter free campsite (cleaned and raked).
• A maximum of three vehicles per site.
• Anti-bacterial soap and toilet paper in the ablution blocks.
• Daily rubbish collection.
• 12% government tax.
• Usage of clean ablution blocks with hot & cold showers and flushing toilets.

The following is not allowed. 

• Generators
• Radio’s (Playing music)
• Sharing of sites
• Feeding animals
• Moving between the sites at night

By Air

Air Botswana Daily Flights JHB Gaborone
Namibia Air Daily Flights Windhoek Maun
SA Express 5 Daily Flights JHB Gaborone
Air Botswana 3 times per week Maun Kasane
Kenya Airways Nairobi Gaberone
  • Air charter services are also available.
  • Light aircraft transfers have a 15kg luggage restrictions.

For flight details contact:

Air Botswana Central Reservations
Tel: +267 395-1921
Web: www.airbotswana.bw

South African Express
Tel: +267 397-2397
Web: www.flysax.com

South African Airways
Tel: +267 390-2210/12
Web: www.flysaa.com

Air Namibia
Tel (South Africa): +27 11-978-5055
Tel (Namibia): +26 461-299-6444
Web: www.airnamibia.com.na

By Road.

Botswana is accessible road from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. Vehicles are driven on the left hand side of the road. A valid international driver’s license, along with vehicle registration documents, are required to drive in Botswana. Most roads in Botswana are tarred. The main roads to established areas are regularly graded. Four-wheel drive is required when travelling in the national parks and reserves.

By Bus

There are scheduled bus services across borders between Botswana and South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia, as well as good internal bus services linking major and minor towns and villages across the country.
Getting Around In Towns:
Taxis are normally a convenient way to get around in towns and are reasonably priced. They are easily identified in designated stations or can be contacted by telephone. Taxis to Gaborone are also available from Sir Seretse Khama International.

Language

Official Language in Botswana is English. It is taught at schools, and is widely spoken throughout the Country. All guides and general staff in the camps, lodges and hotel have got a good command of English.

Electrical Supply

Electricity is supplied at 220/240v. Both square and round wall plugs are used.

Currency: Botswana Pula BWP ‘ Pula means rain or rain drops’

Firearms & Ammunition

The issue of firearms licenses in Botswana is strictly controlled, and all firearms imported under the authority of an import permit must be licensed immediately upon arrival in Botswana

Police permits for firearms are issued by:
Central Arms, The Registry
P O Box 334, Gaborone.
Tel: +267 391-4202, +267 391-4106

Diamond Purchase

You can purchase diamonds in Botswana from a jeweler or authorized dealers. A strict certification system is in place to inform the buyer of the origin of the diamond, and the stated value and quality is verified.

Gratuity Guide

In Botswana, one is not under any obligation to offer gratuity (tips) for services rendered at restaurants, bars, hotels, etc. It is at the discretion of the individual whether or not to pay gratuity for services.

Driving

Botswana vehicles are right hand drives and driving is permitted on the left hand side of the road. It is not recommended to drive during the night as there are many animals and wildlife along the roads.

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance 997 (Toll Free)
Police 999 (Toll Free)
Fire Brigade 998 (Toll Free)
Medical Rescue 911 (Toll Free)
Medical Air Rescue 390-1601
Mascom 122
Orange 112
Be Mobile 1333

Botswana National Parks and Game Reserves

Entry and movement inside the National parks and Game reserve.
(1) No person shall enter or be within a national park or game reserve unless he is in possession of a valid entry permit.

(2) A person entering a national park or game reserve shall pay such fee as is specified in the First Schedule.

(3) An entry permit, or any other permit that may be issued in respect of a national park or game reserve, shall be issued subject to the conditions contained in these Regulations and such other conditions as may be endorsed therein in writing by the Director or the Officer-in-Charge.

(4) Except where authorized by the Officer-in Charge, no person shall enter or leave a national park or game reserve other than through a point of entry or exit, declared by the Director by notice in the Gazette and identified as such through a notice or a sign.

(5) No person, under 18 years of age, shall enter a national park or game reserve unless he is accompanied by a person of 18 years of age or older.

(6) A person entering or in a national park or game reserve may be required by a wildlife officer to produce proof of identity, age or residential status, professional guides Licence or tourism enterprise Licence or vehicle weight, and any person unable to produce the required Copyright Government of Botswana documentation shall be charged a fee at a full non-resident rate or the heaviest vehicle category as applicable.

(7) A person entering a national park or game reserve shall register the required details in the register provided at the designated entry point and any person failing to register may be prohibited from entering the national park or game reserve.

(8) In the interests of maintaining densities of visitors within the carrying capacities or some other ground specified in the management plan, the Director or the Officer-in-Charge may restrict entry to a national park or game reserve to persons holding valid reservations for specified lodges, camp sites or other facilities or may restrict the number of persons without such reservations entering a national park or game reserve.

(9) A national park or game reserve shall be open to the public throughout the year: Provided that the management plan or the Officer-in-Charge in charge of the national park or game reserve through a written instruction displayed at designated entry points, may declare the whole or part of the national park or game reserve closed for a specific period, in the interests of public safety or for the management of natural resources or for administrative reasons.

(10) No person shall enter a national park or game reserve or move outside a designated lodge, campsite or observation hide or overnight camp in a designated walking area within the national park or game reserve between the sunset and sunrise hours set out in the Fourth Schedule except where-

(a) An employee of the Government acts in the execution of his official duties and is in possession of a valid authorization in writing from the Officer-in-Charge of the national park or game reserve;

(b) a person is participating in an approved night game viewing drive in the company of a professional guide licensed to conduct such night game viewing drives in an area designated in the management plan as a night driving area and returns to the designated lodge, camp site or observation hide by 22.00 hours evening time; or

(c) A person holds a valid authorization in writing from the Officer-in-Charge in charge of the national park or game reserve; or

(d) A person holds a filming permit or research permit endorsed for filming or research activities during such hours.

(11) No person shall, within a national park or game reserve, deposit litter in any place except in an approved litter bin and where a litter bin is not provided, the litter shall be removed from the national park or game reserve.

(12) In this regulation, “observation hide” means any facility designated as an observation hide in the management plan as provided for under regulation 6. 5.

Fees payable

(1) The payment of fees listed under the First Schedule shall not apply to the following-

(a) Persons to whom a waiver or a free entry permit has been issued by the Director Copyright Government of Botswana upon application;

(b) persons in the employment of the Government, who with the written permission of the Officer-in-Charge, enter or reside in a national park or game reserve in the execution of their official duties;

(c) Persons in transit through a national park or game reserve on a designated route;

(d) members of communities living adjacent to the national park or game reserve identified as such in writing by the appropriate traditional authority, where the issue of a free permit has been authorized in writing by the Officer-in-Charge;

(e) Duly authorized visits of groups of students and others engaged in field trips;

(f) Employees of tour operators, researchers and their assistants, where the issue of a free permit has been authorized in writing by the Officer-in-Charge;

(g) Husbands, wives and children of those resident in a national park or game reserve.

(2) An organized group associated with-

(a) Botswana based educational institutions visiting the national parks or game reserves for educational purposes shall pay 50% of the entry fees listed for citizens; or

(b) Non-Botswana based educational institutions visiting the national parks or game reserves for educational purposes shall pay 50% of the entry fees listed for residents.

(3) The Director or the Officer-in-Charge may waive or reduce any of the fees listed in the First Schedule for a person or an organized group if deemed to be appropriate for the purposes of education, promotion, research and in the interest of wildlife, wildlife conservation, the DWNP or the nation. (

4) In calculating any of the fees payable for a national park or game reserve, each day’s entry or residence or use of a facility shall be counted as one day irrespective of whether such entry or residence or use is only for part of the day.

(5) A person shall only use a facility that permits overnight stays in a national park or game reserve after he has obtained a valid reservation voucher for such facility from a designated reservation office: Provided that this sub regulation shall not apply to any permanent or non-permanent lodge operated by a corporate entity under a direct lease with an appropriate land authority.

(6) Any fees payable for the use of facilities permitting overnight stays, shall be paid in full within 30 days of a reservation being made at a designated reservation office, failing which the reservation shall lapse.

(7) There shall be no refund of any of the fees paid in accordance with sub regulation

(6) Irrespective of whether the reservation is not or only partially used.

(8) Any fees payable for overnight stays shall be deemed to include any sales tax that may be levied in accordance with the appropriate legislation. Copyright Government of Botswana

(9) In this regulation, “researcher” means a person or persons in possession of a valid research permit from the Office of the President and permitted to undertake research in a national park or game reserve by the Director.

(10) Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this regulation shall be guilty of an offense.

Botswana –Border Post South Africa- Border Post Opening Hours Contact Number GPS Coordinates
Two Rivers Twee Rivieren 07:30-16:00 +27(0) 54561 0093 26.4701°S 20.6156°E
Bokspits Gemsbok 08:00-16:30 +27(0) 54511 0043 26.9044°S 20.6904°E
Middleputs Middelputs 07:30-16:30 +27(0) 53781 0212 26.6705°S 21.8826°E
McCarthy’s Rest McCarthy’s Rest 08:00-18:00 +27(0) 53781 0285 26.2015°S 22.5679°E
Makopong Makopong 08:00-18:00 25.3653°S 22.9747°E
Bray Bray 07:00-16:00 +27(0) 53937 0026 25.4566°S 23.7141°E
Pitsane Molopo Makgobistad 07:00-16:00 25.7485°S 25.1076°E
Ramatlabama Ramatlabama 06:00-22:00 +27(0) 18390 2533 25.6419°S 25.5742°E
Pioneer Gate Skilpadshek 06:00-24:00 +27(0) 18366 0011 25.2756°S 25.7138°E
Ramotswa Swartkopfontein 06:00-22:00 +27(0) 18365 9010 24.8725°S 25.8826°E
Tlokweng Kopfontein 06:00-24:00 +27(0) 18365 9055 24.7064°S 26.0939°E
Sikwane Derdepoort 06:00-19:00 +27(0) 14778 0725 24.6426°S 26.4035°E
Parr’s Halt Stockpoort 08:00-1800 +27(0) 14763 4586 23.4027°S 27.3567°E
Martin’s Drift Groblersbrug 08:00-18:00 +27(0) 14767 1019 22.9981°S 27.9419°E
Zanzibar Zanzibar 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 14767 1024 22.5719°S 28.4663°E
Platjan Platjan 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 15575 1040 22.4855°S 28.8337°E
Pontdrift Pontdrift 08:00-16:00 +27(0) 15575 1056 22.2148°S 29.1382°E
Botswana Post Zambia Kazangula 06:30-18:00
Botswana Post Zimbabwe Kazangula 06:30-20:00
Botswana Ngoma 07:00-18:00
Botswana Mohmebo Namibia 07:00 18:00

Border Posts Information. 

  • Valid Passport at least 6 months.
  • Original registration papers of Vehicle.
  • Valid Drivers License.
  • Letter of Authorisation from owner of the vehicle.
  • Finance letter of Authorisation to take vehicle across the border.
  • Insurance documents for vehicle.
  • Please declare goods if necessary.
  • Unabridged Birth certificates for minors travelling with you.
  • Ensure that tyres tread are under regulations.

Malaria in Chobe

Malaria is the most feared disease in Africa and is still a big risk for travelers to the continent.

Malaria does occur in Botswana, mostly in the northern parts of the country and is most prevalent in the rainy season between November and May.

  • Visitors to the northern parts of Botswana including the Okavango Delta and the Chobe National Park must visit a travel clinic or your local GP at least two weeks before arrival.
  • There are different anti-malaria tablets are taken in different doses.
  • Some of these need to be started before you reach Botswana.
  • Travel clinics are usually more up to date on the latest trends and medicines with tropical diseases so the extra effort to seek a travel clinic is advised.
  • It is essential to get current advice on which prophylaxis is best to use.
  • It is very important to know that using prophylaxis does not stop you from contracting malaria.
  • It does however lessen the chance of the disease fully developing and should lessen the severity of the illness.
  • Travelling while pregnant and with young children to a malaria area is not advised as it can lead to complications with pregnancy and children are quite susceptible to contracting the disease.

Other precautions to take while in a malaria are is:

  • Wear long sleeved clothes in the evenings, mosquitos are active from the early evenings before the sun sets until sunrise the next morning.
  • Mosquitos will more likely be found near a body of water.
  • Mosquito repellant is essential when travelling to Chobe National Park.
  • Mosquito nets are provided in the lodges, for campers it is advised to keep your tents` mosquito nets closed at all times (not only for the mosquitos but for other creepy crawlies)