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i-con2 Chobe National Park : Travel Information and Accommodation
Entry to Botswana
Visa cost 40 Pula (1 Pula = 0,1 EUR) and are issued at the border. To cross the border from Namibia to Botswana, a passport and a declaration from the car rental company is required, authorising the border crossing. If you can't produce such document, you will be sent back. A toll for using the Botswana roads of about 20 Pula has to be paid at the border. Animal products, fruit and vegetables may not be imported to Botswana. This is checked thoroughly. Cooler boxes must be opened. Basically everything one brings into Botswana must be declared. Better keep all your shows in one bag at hand because they might get dipped for desinfection.

The Botswana border officials are - compared to those in Namibia - quite unfriendly sometimes. In any case, one should refrain from trying to bribe them.

Accommodation rates in Botswana
Generally, Botswana is a high-price country for tourists. It wants to attract few, but lucrative tourists, also for ecological reasons. Accommodation in the parks is usually run by private concessionaries. Therefore, one has to face high rates for staying at lodges in the Chobe Park and anywhere else in Botswana. Even basic camping is pricey.

Access to the Chobe Park
The park is accessed from Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi on the B8 to the border post of Ngoma Bridge (open daily from 8 am to 4 pm). The tarred road runs through the park to Kasane. This small town at the Chobe River with its authentically African character lies at the border to Zimbabwe and is the administrative centre of the region. The Chobe Park is not fenced and one can often see elephants and at night hippos in town. From Kasane it goes on a sign-posted tar road pass the airport to the Sedudu Gate into the Chobe National Park.

Park Fees Chobe National Park
The entrance fee for the park is about 150 Pula per person and day plus 50 Pula for the vehicle.

Driving in the Chobe Park

One can easily get to the park in a normal car. For game viewing, however, a 4x4 vehicle with good ground clearance is indispensable. The roads mostly have soft sand and are tough. This also applies to driving to the Savuti Marshes in the south-west and to the road to the Moremi Game Reserve and to Maun. One should always be self-sufficient, have enough fuel, provisions and - particularly - water.

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Photo: Elephants visiting Sawuti Camp

Accommodation in the Chobe Natonal Park
The Ihaha Campsite (GPS co-ordinates 17°50.487' S, 24°52.745' E) at the Chobe River near Kasane offers relatively cheap camping. The camp disposes of beautiful, shady stands and good, clean sanitation. One can expect visits by elephants to the camp at all times, in the evenings and at night also by hippos.

About 8 kilometres further along the Chobe river lies the Chobe Game Lodge. It is the only permanent safari lodge within the Chobe National Park and commands views over the Chobe river and the Caprivi floodplains. The lodge is privately managed and offers pure luxury, at high prices of course. Accommodation in Kasane where many lodges line the bank of the Chobe, is much more affordable.

Reservations
Advance bookings are obligatory for the camps of the Chobe National Park. Visitors without reservations are turned away. Booking through the public reservations office in Gaborone, PO Box 131, Tel 00267 580774, Fax 00267 580775. Email dwnp@gov.bw

Malaria
Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for the Chobe Park and for the entire Caprivi area.


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Photo: Sandy track in the Chobe Park