Day 5 and 6: Nata and Kasane/Chobe River, Botswana : Eli and Hippo

1 Sep

Chobe River is now up there among my favourite places in the world. Its shallow waters border Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia.

Botswana’s Chobe National Park has the highest elephant concentration in Africa and lots more attractions besides. I was luckt to do an afternoon game drive with keen-eyed Moses. August is almost the driest month of the year so the game head to the river daily. We cruised along the bank and caught just about everything: Sable Antelope, Fish Eagle, Kudu, Impala, Tree Squirrel, Elephant, Warthog, Hippo, Red Billed Ox Picker, African Spoonbill, Egyptian Geese, Red Billed Hornbill, Great White Egret, Pied Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Cape Buffalo,Yellow Billed Stork, Water Monitor, African Jacana, Babboons, Giraffe, Lilac-Breasted Roller, Blue Wax Bill, Drongo, White Fronted Bee Eater, African Data, Open Billed Stork, Grey Gull, African Spoonbill and African Skimmer.

The two highlights were the lions resting under trees, a female on her own no more than three metres away and just behind her another lioness with two cubs – completely unperturbed about our presence – and a great mob of elephants doing their routine of drink, splash, muddy up and dust bath before ambling off in a long line.

I went straight from the drive to the Chobe River sunset cruise and added crocodiles to the list, big mammas in the water and on the bank. A one point we nearly went aground trying to get closer to some hippos and I wondered how we’d be rescued since there was no phone signal. Captain Cheri was pretty relaxed about it but then he was knocking back the guests’ cider……

It was a special dinner that night for English Steve’s 25th birthday – charcoal baked upside down apple cake washed down with South African methode champagnoise.

Happy campers!

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