Okavango Delta - tour day 9 - Chobe game drive - Crouching Lions, Hidden Leopard :)
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After being in Africa for a couple of weeks, having done several game drives through Kruger National Park, and still not seen a lion we were having to convince ourselves that we could walk from Africa without seeing a lion and still be happy.....honest we could :)
However, luck was upon on us today as we did a morning game drive in Chobe National Park, Botswana. For starters it is a much different game park to Kruger down in S.A., it is more like I had pictured game drives, with the ability to see quite far in to the distance, rather than looking between bushes close to the road (as had been the case in Kruger).
The first highlight of the day was that we heard that a car had spotted a leopard and quickly sped over to the spot.
You always hear how well camouflaged a leopard is, but you don't quite fathom it until you see it in action. We saw the leopard get up and walk along through some trees. Then, as it stopped, you could just no longer see it. We knew it was there, right where we were looking, but it had disguised itself incredibly well, purely by stopping. Amazing stuff!!
We were then treated to a family of baboons going past, with the cute little baby hanging underneath, and of course the now standard elephants and giraffe (isn't it great when you can call giraffes 'standard' :) ).
Without doubt the highlight of the day was when we came across three lionesses wandering along the roadside! They were all fully grown, though two were obviously younger and much more playful than what we presume was their mother.
Now we had been told before hand that lions look at the truck as an entity, rather than being able to distinguish that there are individual tasty morsels in there. However, as we looked on from our truck with no sides from a couple of metres away, one of the lions turned and looked directly at Laura. Suffice to say she scooted backwards in her seat at a rapid rate!!! Nothing came of it, but it was just one of those 'oh sh*t' moments.
We felt much happier after that drive having seen the lion, and Bennie was very happy for us when we got back to camp :) Next stop was the Okavango Delta!
Today saw us meet our guide Timan, and then a incredibly soothing one and a half hour ride in a 'mokoro' (dugout canoe) to the island where we would spend our next couple of days.
Days 9-12 Okavango Delta
The next destination is the gateway to one of the world's most renowned and complex ecosystems, the Okavango Delta. Springing from the Okavango River which begins life in Angola, this is a natural wetland system formed by the river dividing into thousands of channels, creating islands, floodplains and the world's only inland delta. The delta spreds 1,600,000 ha over northern Botswana.
The distance from Kasane to Maun is 600km via Nata.
Spend two nights camping on a remote island in the heart of the wilderness and explore the maze of lagoons, lakes and streams, led by experienced and knowledgeable guides.
For those wanting to see the delta from above there is an opportunity to fly over the delta in a small plane. From up above you get a true sense of the vatness of the delta.