Chobe National Park is Botswana’s first national park. Located in Northern Botswana, it stretches an incredible 154,000 hectares, making it the third largest in the country. Boasting an Elephant population in excess of 120,000 and home to four of the five big five, Chobe National Park is perhaps Botswana’s most precious gem.


SKL provides two self-catering camp sites in Chobe National Park for independent travellers. Their campsites are centrally located providing an authentic wildlife experience second to none. All campsites are equipped with water and braai facilities. A communal ablution block is also located within the campgrounds. These campsites are located in Savuti and Linyanti.

For accommodation near Serondella, Ihaha Camp Site is the only campsite in this region and provides a similar experience to that of SKL.

SKL camps Price List

International Visitor: US$50
South African Visitor: 250 Rand
Botswana Resident: 170 Pula
Botswana Citizen: 100 Pula

Accommodation for SKL can be booked at their booking office located at Sedudu Gate in Kasane or their Maun office opposite the airport.

Ihaha Price List

International Visitor: US$50
Southern Africa Visitor: 250 Rand
Botswana Resident: 170 Pula
Botswana Citizen: 100 Pula

Accommodation for Ihaha can be booked at Sedudu Gate located in Kasane.

Park Fees

Non-Citizen: 120 Pula
Resident: 30 Pula
Citizen: 10 Pula
Vehicle Fee: 10 Pula for Botswana registered vehicles & 50 Pula for foreign registered vehicles (under 3500kg)

Driving Distances

Please note, majority of driving in national parks occurs on dirt roads. Visiting with a 4X4 equipped vehicle is HIGHLY recommended.

Sedudu Gate – Ngoma Gate: 50 KMS / 45 MINS
Sedudu Gate – Serondella: 17 KMS / 50 MINS
Ihaha – Ngoma Gate: 21 KMS / 1 HR
Ngoma Gate – Ghoha Gate: 88 KMS / 2.5 HRS
Ghoha Gate – Savuti: 28 KMS / 1.25 HRS
Savuti – Linyanti: 39 KMS / 2 HRS

Park Information


April 1 – September 30: 6AM – 6:30PM
October 1 – March 31: 5:30AM – 7PM

  • 40 KPH is the maximum speed permitted throughout the park
  • Driving off-road is strictly prohibited
  • Visitors are to remain in their vehicles at all times excluding designated stretch points
  • Do not harass or feed wildlife
  • Animals have right of way
Helpful Information
  • Spare fuel, water and a towing strap go a long way
  • Campsites are not fenced. All food products and cooking equipment should remain in your vehicle when the campsite is unattended to avoid wildlife helping themselves
  • Elephant, Hyaena and Honey Badger are renowned for making late night visits through campsites so avoid wandering too far for your own safety

Where To Go


Park Entrance: Sedudu Gate & Ngoma Gate
Accommodation: Ihaha Camp Site
Wildlife: Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Puku, Waterbuck & Bushbuck
Highlights: Chobe River Boat Cruise


Park Entrance: Ghoha Gate & Mababe Gate
Accommodation: SKL Camp Site
Wildlife: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, Wildbeest, Giraffe & Tsessebe
Highlights: Rock Paintings

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Park Entrance: Savuti Gate
Accommodation: SKL Camp Site
Wildlife: Sable, Lechwe, Wild Dogs & Zebra
Highlights: Painted Wild Dogs

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This post originally appeared on Australian Abroad and has been republished with permission.

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