Latest area survey

From the latest data collected for the Chobe Enclave, gathered from " Status of Wildlife Populations and Land Degradation in Botswana's Forest Reserves and Chobe District" Michael Chase- Elephants Without Bordres and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

The Chobe district is situated in the northeast corner of Botswana. It is centered in the heart of the vast Kavango/Zambezi river system. The total size of the district is 22’560 sq.km. 52% of the land is the Chobe National Park, 18% are Forest Reserves, the remaining is the Kasane township, which is the district headquarters, the Chobe Enclave and farmlands to the south. The district is built on basalt rocks; deposits of Kalahari sands cover most of the solid geology. The total human population is 21’800. Estimates of the elephant population are 41’000, cattle 4800, Baobabs 708.

The Chobe Enclave covers an area of 1680 sq.km, approximately 30km from north to south and 60km from east to west. The human population is 4’500, elephants 8’800, cattle 2’000, Baobabs 240. Ethnic groups are Basubiya who are fisherman and cattle herders (70%), Batawana who are farmers and pastoralists (28%) and Xo one of Botswana’s San groups (2%). The land is geographically enclaved by the Linyanti River in the north, by the Chobe River to the east, opened savanna to the west and by elevated hills in the south. (Chobe District Development Plan 6).