Crowning Botswana's north, Chobe National Park was the country's first national park and is rumoured to have one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa.
The best way to soak up this incredible river-side wildlife? Beautifully by boat.
We stayed at the Chobe Safari Lodge just outside the Chobe National Park in Kasane where a three-hour trip cost roughly P240 a person.
The small motorised boat takes roughly six to eight people so it's quieter and can manoeuvre closer to wildlife than the bigger 'booze cruise' boats. You'll wake up before sunrise and be meet with a spectacular golden greeting from the glittering river.
It's without doubt a bucket-list sight worth getting up for.
You'll catch hippos grazing on the river banks, spot birds starting to stretch their wings and watch the water lilies crumple open. You may even find some locals searching for fish.
The knowledgable guides are great with the wildlife - they know how close to get to hippos without upsetting them and which water channels are deep enough to motor through.
You will fall in love with the river and all of its inhabitants with little effort.