Chobe Boat Cruises

Chobe Boat Cruises

Cruise down the Chobe River in Botswana
Chobe Boat Cruises are very popular
An elephant in the Chobe River, Botswana
A hippo and bird life in Chobe National Park
Hippos as seen from a cruise boat in the Chobe National Park, Botswana
Leopard in Chobe National Park
A graceful antelope in Chobe National Park
A hippo in Botswana
Bird life in the Chobe
Chobe Boat Cruise
Elephant near the Chobe River
Elephant portrait
Join a Chobe boat cruise to suit your budget
The sun sets over Chobe, Botswana
Photographic Tour

Chobe Boat Cruises

Chobe boat cruises are an amazing way to experience the best of Botswana.

You can get up close to large herds of game that are abundant in the Chobe National Park. They tend to make their way to the river and onto the islands in the river to feast on the sweet grass.  Puku and lechwe antelopes are common on the Chobe floodplains.

Here, there is the highest concentration of elephants in the world and herds of elephants frequently cross the Chobe River. Hippos and crocodiles like to bask in the sun next to the water. You can alo see buffalo and giraffe and other plains game. Lucky visitors might see leopards and lions! Furthermore, there are over 460 bird species in the park.

Chobe has the highest concentration of elephants in the world. You can also see buffalo, giraffe, hippo and several species of plains game. While less common you can also see lions and leopards. Chobe also has over 460 bird species

You can choose from a variety of boating options for the Chobe boat cruises. Guests can join a standard cruise on a river cruiser taking about 30-40 people or take a smaller boat and focus on photography and birding. You can also book a private boat suitable to your time frame.

These boat cruises are perfect for self-driving, then you have the opportunity to explore the Chobe further by yourself. All Chobe boat cruises depart from Kasane, the town which borders onto the Chobe National Park. There are regular afternoon and morning departures.


What to expect on a Chobe Boat Cruise

Some of the best photography is possible in the afternoons; the evening light lends itself to excellent photography of the animals and birds as well as the magnificent sunsets over the Chobe River. The mornings are also very special, with the animals heading to the water for a morning drink.

Birding is also excellent along the river with frequent sightings of African darters, fish eagles, kingfishers and other waders and water birds. The African skimmer is often seen, a rare species to see elsewhere.

We highly recommend a Chobe boat cruise to make the most of your stay in Botswana.


Chobe Boat Cruises Highlights

  • You can experience magnificent sunsets from the Chobe River
  • Excellent bird sightings
  • Silent approach to animals
  • Value for money experience
  • Park fees are included in the price



What about VISA’s?

You are responsible for your own VISA to enter Botswana, should you require one.

What do I need?

Your passport, walking shoes and a jacket. Wear clothes in neutral colors (meaning no bright colors) and take a warm jacket for chilly mornings and evenings. Binoculars are also useful. Leave any valuables that you don’t need.

Who can join?

Everyone is welcome. There is no age restriction. You also don’t have to be fit to join.


Chobe Boat Cruises Options

  • You may also choose a private boat cruise for only you and your fellow travellers. We will arrange a private guide.
  • You can select scheduled cruises shared with other travellers, which are more affordable (see rates below).
  • There is a 3-day photographic safari where you will have your own photo host to guide you (read more here).


Chobe National Park Includes


  • Kasane town transfers
  • Water, soft drinks and packed meals as specified per activity
  • Park fees
  • Other meals and accommodation as indicated below
Chobe National Park Excludes


  • 3-hour Private Chobe boat hire excludes water, soft drinks, snacks, transfers and park fees
Chobe National Park Tour Information


DURATION: 3 Hours - 3 Days

Children aged 4 – 11 years pay 50%

Chobe National Park Product Pricing


Chobe Boat Cruise Rates

Cruise Type 2019 - 2020

3-hour Chobe Boat Cruise

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departs anytime between 6:00 and 15:00
  • Includes bottled water, soft drinks and park fees
  • Minimum of 2 adults required to confirm a departure
BWP 495 per person

3-hour Chobe Sunset Cruise

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departs 15:00
  • Includes bottled water, soft drinks, wine, beer, a light snack and park fees
  • Minimum of 2 adults required to confirm a departure
BWP 650 per person

Half-day Chobe Boat Cruise

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • 06:00 – 12:00
  • Includes bottled water, soft drinks, a packed breakfast and park fees
  • Minimum of 4 adults required to confirm a departure
BWP 1 080 per person

Full-Day Cruise

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • 10:00 - 18:00
  • Includes bottled water, soft drinks, wine, beer, a packed lunch and park fees
  • Minimum of 4 adults required to confirm a departure
BWP 1 430 per person

Chobe Photographic Safari

  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Ideal for nature lovers
  • Includes lodge accommodation, all meals, local drinks, four photo safari activites, cameras and photo guide
See rates here

3-hour Private Chobe Boat Hire

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departs: anytime between 6:00 and 15:00
  • Includes bottled water, soft drinks and park fees
  • Seats up to 8 people per boat
  • Excludes park fees of BWP 70 per person
  • Excludes water, drinks and snacks (you are welcome to bring your own refreshments with)
  • Excludes transfers from lodges in Kasane
  • Transfers can be booked @ BWP 250 per person return, or you can self-drive to the jetty in Kasane
BWP 1 600 per boat
Chobe National Park Tour Schedule


Departs From Kasane Daily

We will collect you from your choice of accommodation or campsite in Kasane.
  • Pangolin Chobe Hotel

    The Pangolin Chobe Hotel is an art Hotel in Botswana. Enjoy daily safaris, photographic safaris and boat cruises for amazing wildlife sightings.
  • Thobolo’s Bush Lodge

    Thobolo's Bush Lodge is super eco-friendly and surrounded by an abundance of wildlife. Situated on the edge of the Barangwe Pans in Botswana.
  • Thebe Lodge

    Thebe Lodge is a family owned lodge in Kasane. Situated along the banks of the Chobe River, it is a comfortable lodge and offers good value for money.
  • Chobe River Cottages

    Chobe River Cottages have self catering facilities and is all you and your family need to enjoy the wildlife and greenery the Chobe river has to offer.
  • Chobe Marina Lodge

    Chobe Marina Lodge overlooks the Chobe River. Chobe Marina Lodge has 66 rooms, luxury rooms and suites. It is the ideal location to explore Chobe
  • Chobe Game Lodge

    Chobe Game lodge is the only permanent game lodge inside the Chobe National Park. Stay in luxury on the bank of the Chobe River.
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