Botswana Chobe  - 2
 

Chobe National Park, renowned for its elephants is home to the largest concentration of these gentle giants in Africa. The park also features an abundance of sable and roan antelopes.

Rare sitatungas with their splayed feet that run on swamps and their predators, the wild dog and lion, are often seen. The lush riverfront region is home to giraffe, wild dog, sable and Cape buffalo and is the only place in Botswana where Puku antelope can be spotted. In the savannah, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, impala and kudu are plentiful.


Chobe Wild Dogs

SIGHTINGS - DECEMBER 2014

Buffaloes and elephants were seen very often this month whilst out on game viewing in the Chobe National Park. Lions were spotted frequently with other predators such as leopards, wild dogs and hyenas being seen a few times too.

The area is a lush green, with many new born animals being sighted. A special sighting was that of lions seen killing a buffalo bull. The arrival of the rains trigger a dispersal of game from the Chobe River area but the warm, rainy December to March summer months are the best time to visit Chobe for bird watching and the impala birthing season (a great time to see predators!)


Chobe Leopard

SIGHTINGS - NOVEMBER 2014

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero has had some great sightings during the month of November - including many elephants - there were hundreds around as there had been no rain for two weeks. Leopards were sometimes seen before the rains. Buffaloes appeared often, along with lions and hyenas. 

This is the month when green season starts - with the area turning a beautiful shade of green and many new born animals expected - with predators sure to follow.


Chobe Chilwero Elephants

SIGHTINGS - OCTOBER 2014

The most frequently seen animals this month were elephants, buffaloes and lions. Leopards and hyenas were spotted less often.

In the dry season (May-October) elephant sightings in Chobe are definite: after long treks into the forest to forage, they come back to the river each evening to drink.


Wild Dog

SIGHTINGS - SEPTEMBER 2014

Elephants and buffaloes were seen most days during September. Chobe boasts the highest population of elephants in the world.

Hyenas and wild dogs were quite scarce, but lions and leopards were seen qiute a few times. 

Special sightings included that of a pride of lions hunting a buffalo calf and a pack of 10 wild dogs with an impala kill. 


Chobe Lioness July 2014

SIGHTINGS - JULY 2014

Elephants and buffaloes were seen every day in July. Lions and leopards were also seen often during the month. Hyenas and cheetahs were quite scarce, but were seen a few times. 

At the beggining of the month, a lioness was spotted in the Chobe National Park with a buffalo kill, on the morning game drive by our guide Nico. A pride of lions with cubs was also sighted. 


Leopard Chobe

SIGHTINGS - JUNE 2014

What a month of incredible sightings for Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero! Buffaloes and elephants were seen every day during June and lions were seen very often. There were a few sightings of leopards, hyenas and cheetahs too! 

Excellent sightings included: 3 male lions with a buffalo kill right at the turn off to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. There was a mother cheetah and two cubs spotted outside the gate of the lodge, heading into the park.
A pride of 9 lions seen making a buffalo kill.
A new pride of lions spotted with 5 cubs - mother was teaching cubs how to hunt. 
There was a leopard seen with an impala kill. Sable antelopes mating - a very rare sight.


Chobe Chilwero Buffalo

SIGHTINGS - MAY 2014

Elephant and buffalo sightings were excellent in May! Both animals were seen every day of the month - much to the delight of guests at Chobe Chilwero. Chobe National Park is probably best known for its spectacular elephant sightings  - the population is estimated at around 70,000 elephants today. The Park is said to have the highest concentration of elephants in Africa.

Lions were also seen quite often; whereas leopards and wild dogs were seen only a few times. 


Chobe Feb 2014

Sightings - February 2014

The wild dog sightings from January carried on this month with guests spotting these elusive animals on more than eight separate occasions in February. As always, elephants are plentiful and our guests always love seeing how they play and spray water over themselves in the Chobe River. The best time to view these gentle giants is definitely in the late afternoons, as huge herds come down to the river to quench their thirst after a long hot day of foraging in the National Park. 


Chobe Chilwero

sightings - January 2014

The new year has started with great sightings! This is the perfect time to view the beautiful summer flowers and enjoy warm, sunny days with occasusional short afternoon thundershowers.

Game viewing of predators, like lions and leopard remain good, as antelope give birth to their new-borns, ensuring an easy meal for most of the predators. To the delight of our guests and guides, we saw the return of the wild dog population to the area and had a few great bird sightings.