Depart from Livingstone and transfer to Kasane. We cross the Zambezi River by ferry to enter into Botswana and continue to Kasane. Our G Adventures Representative will assist you and make sure that you have a smooth-less border and ferry crossing into Botswana. Approximate Distance is 100km (about 2-3 hrs including border and ferry crossing). We journey to the area of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. The best way to appreciate one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos, is on your included sunset boat cruise on the magical Chobe River. This tour departs Livingstone (Meeting point is the Waterfront Lodge - see "joining instructions") early in the morning on day 1 and it is strongly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior in Livingstone.
Embark on open safari vehicle game drives to explore Chobe National Park, home to the highest population of elephants of any park in Africa. Kasane is situated on the banks of the Chobe River, near its mouth. This is where the Chobe and Zambezi rivers meet, creating a border area of four countries – Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Chobe National Park is Botswana’s first national park, and is situated along the Chobe River. It has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa and one of the world's last remaining sizeable wilderness areas. By size, this is the third largest park (11,000 sq km) of the country, though it is definitely the most diverse and spectacular. The park is probably best known for its spectacular elephant population: with over 120,000 it has the highest elephant concentration of Africa. Moreover, most of them are probably part of the largest continuous surviving elephant population on Earth. The elephant population seems to have solidly built up since 1990, from the few initial thousands. By chance, they have not been affected by the massive illicit exploitation of the 1970's and 1980's. Elephants living here are Kalahari elephants, the largest in size of all known elephant species. Yet they are characterized by rather brittle ivory and short tusks. Damage caused by the high numbers of elephants is rife in some areas. In fact, concentration is so high throughout Chobe that culls have been considered, but are too controversial and have thus far been rejected. During the dry season, these elephants sojourn in Chobe River and the Linyanti River areas. During the rain season, they make a 200 km migration to the south-east region of the park. Their distribution zone however outreaches the park and spreads to north-western Zimbabwe.
Depart Kasane after breakfast. Transfer back to Livingstone. Tour ends upon arrival in Livingstone.