Chobe River Botswana, Chobe Tours, Chobe Safari Botswana

The Chobe River runs near the northern border of Chobe National Park. It rises in the northern Angolan highlands, where it is referred to as the Kwando (a Hambukushu name), and travels great distances passed Kalahari sands prior to arriving Botswana; here it turns into the Linyanti (a Subiya name) until it arrive Ngoma where it turns to the Chobe.

Similar to the Okavango and Zambezi, the Chobe’s route is affected by fault lines, which are other parts of East Africa’s Great Rift Valley. These three great rivers hold more water than all other rivers in Southern Africa. These rivers form the core of safaris in Botswana where various tourist flock throughout the year to have fun.

There is a near by association between the Okavango, the Chobe and the Zambezi. The Okavango River is linked to the Chobe and Zambezi by the Selinda Spillway where high floods from the Okavango get away from the southern end of the Panhandle and flow into the Chobe. A recent theory holds that millions of years ago the Okavango, Chobe and Upper Zambezi flowed as one huge river across the center of Kalahari, coupled up with the Limpopo River and poured out into the Indian Ocean. Earth movements clogged this flow and lead to the damming back of the river and the creation of the Linyanti Swamps.

The Chobe River first flows straight away south, however at Diyei, the previous capital of the Bayei people, it is blocked by a rift, drops out onto a swamp and after turns north passed Lake Liambezi, lastly turning east and going through Kasane prior to joining the Zambezi at Kazungula. They flow briefly jointly prior to spilling over the deep waterfall at Victoria Falls.

The Chobe twists and turns passed the swamps of wide reed and papyrus beds, making hidden lagoons, which at times fill with water lilies. Its south bank alternates from free flood plains punctuated with pans to thick woodlands. Across the river from Botswana is the Caprivi Strip – and there the sight of grazing cattle contrasts heavily with the scenes of wild animals in the Chobe National Park.

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