Elephant O'Clock on the Chobe River


During the flood season in Moremi and the Okavango Delta; our other Botswana camps all pull out their mokoros, but at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero - river safaris are a must-do when visiting throughout the year. Traditional game drives through the Chobe National Park are fantastic in their own right with plenty to see and hidden corners of the riverine forest to explore, however, make sure you plan time to spend at least one morning, afternoon, or even a full day on the famous Chobe River.

Imagine yourself sitting in a small boat, gliding down the Chobe River at just the right time of year. The sun is high in the sky and the bush around you is drying up after the heavy rains. And then, like clockwork, it happens - elephant o'clock.

As you scan the riverbank with your binoculars, you start to see one or two elephants, and then more and more until they become a massive population of hundreds upon hundreds of wild elephants. Family groups led by matriarchs with small calves, trumpeting with excitement, and huge solitary bulls with their swaggering walk, all make their way to the cooling waters of the river. And it's not just any sight of elephants - you'll witness them being truly happy and playful, completely at home in their natural habitat.

But here's the thing - you won't be a mere spectator watching this incredible sight from afar. You'll be right in the midst of the herds, with your expert guide skillfully navigating the small, nimble boat. You'll feel the exhilaration and joy as you witness the elephants playing, swimming, diving, and wrestling in the water.

And the best part? Because you're in a boat, the wildlife reacts differently to you than it would in a 4x4 vehicle. With your guide's expert handling and respect for the wildlife, you will enjoy front-row seats to nature's spectacle unfolding before your eyes. As those aboard game-drive vehicles look on with envy, you'll be right in the thick of the action, witnessing something truly magical.

It is hard to put into words the feeling of pure elation you will experience during this once-in-a-lifetime encounter. This river safari will leave you speechless, and it will be one you will remember for the rest of your life. See it for yourself, and get in touch for your next adventure at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero.

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