The Zambezi River may be the most fierce body of water in Zimbabwe, but not too far across the border into Botswana, the Chobe River proves one of the most scenic. This national park, founded in 1968, includes floodplains, forest, swamps and rivers. Visitors here can embark on a river safari, where large floater boats move quietly among tall grasses, or hire a traditional macoro and paddle up close to hippos and crocodiles. Chobe is home to the largest concentration of elephants in the world. Families can be seen sipping water along the river’s edge, and at times, herds numbering more than 100 make Serondella Road, the main pass of the park, impossible to cross. Chobe is also home to over 460 species of birds, making it an ideal destination for avian enthusiasts.