Chobe National Park Travel Guide
Chobe National Park Local History
The popularity of the park began in the mid 19th century when hunters from Europe flocked to the area to shoot big game. The Europeans also introduced guns to the locals who had until then only hunted by traditional means for subsistance. The locals were encouraged to hunt and began to shoot much more game tha they needed in order to barter with Europeans for clothes and more guns.
Prior to WW1 and again from 1944 to 1955 commercial logging became popular in the indigenous forests along the Chobe River. This drastically altered the vegetation in the area and eventualy in the 1950's mills closed because of a lack of trees. The Chobe Game Reserve was proclaimed to control logging and hunting in the area in 1961 and was later opened to the public in August 1961. In 1968 the reserve was upgraded to a National Park.
Chobe National Park Attractions
Chobe National Park Restaurants and Bars
Chobe National Park Restaurants
Chobe safari Lodge - located on the riverfront. The lodge offers good budget accommodation as well as a nice restaurant and has a nightly barbeque for about US$20 that must be prebooked.
Muchenje Safari Lodge - located on the Chobe riverfront. Situated in the remote western side of the park, the lodge has a informal dining area with a long railway sleeper dinning table. The lodge has good vegetarian meals as well as theme dinners.
Chobe Chilwero - located on the Choe Riverfront. Situated only 10 min from Kasane the lodge has a beautiful location with breathtaking views. The dining area is elegant and the food is excellent with a fusion of African and European flavours.
Simple Simon Pieman - located in the ICC Centre, River Road. Good takeaway food for the budget traveller.
Chobe National Park Bars & Clubs
Savute Safari Lodge - located at the Savuti marsh. The lodge has an excellent cocktail bar which is situated in the thatch and timber main building with an upstairs viewing deck where yu can enjoy sundowners.
Chobe Game Lodge - located at the Chobe Riverfronr. The lodge has a large riverside boma where traditional dancers perform as well as a stylish bar with an outside terrace overlooking the river and a cigar bar with billiard tables.
Sarute Elephant Camp - located at the Savuti Marsh. The lodge has an incredible location on the Savute Channel and a good fully stocked bar.
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