Day 5: Chobe National Park

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Lioness in Chobe National Park

We got up at 5 in the morning, to leave for a morning game drive. Our first game drive this trip. In an open truck, lovingly dubbed a "lunchbox" by some locals, we drove down to the Chobe national park which is about 6 kilometres from Kasane.

The Chobe National park is famed for its large elephant population, but every major African mammal apart from the rhinoceros can be found here.
We didn't get to see every major African mammal, but we did have a really cool close encounter with a lioness (while another lioness with two cubs was watching us from behind some bushes). We also saw buffalo, tons of impala, kudu, baboons, warthogs, meerkats, buffalo, hippopotamus, a jackal and of course elephants.

Female Kudu
We had several close encounters with these majestic beasts. It was weird to see just how accustomed all the animals in the park are to safari vehicles with picture snapping tourists (although one elephant was visibly  annoyed at our presence and made some threatening movements towards our vehicle).

It was a great early morning drive and an excellent first introduction to African wildlife. That said, I was disappointed by the fact that we didn't even get to see the any of the more abundant species, like zebra, giraffe or gazelle (well, we did see a single sabry gazelle running through the bushes in the distance).

In the afternoon we took a second trip to the park, this time by boat to view the animals from the river. Highlights of this trip were several hippos out of the water, and elephants in the water.
Another fucking perfect African sunset
Two rare sights.
Again, elephants, hippos, baboons and buffalo were just everywhere we looked, and we also spotted several fresh water crocodiles on the riverbanks, basking late afternoon sun. And apart from mammals we saw many many many species of bird.

The boat trip was great fun and possibly even better than the drive in the morning. Especially because it was possible to walk around the boat a little bit, making it easier to take pictures of the animals. We had brought our cooler box along with beers and wine in it, so we enjoyed the leisure cruise, sipping a drink, while watching yet another great sunset over the Chobe river. To steal the words of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on their Long Way Down trip: Another fucking perfect African sunset...

edsander says:
Excellent pix !
Posted on: Sep 27, 2009
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Lioness in Chobe National Park
Lioness in Chobe National Park
Female Kudu
Female Kudu
Another fucking perfect African su…
Another fucking perfect African s…
early morning game drive
early morning game drive
Robbel and me, barely awake on the…
Robbel and me, barely awake on th…
sunrise over Chobe
sunrise over Chobe
Fortunately we were the only ones …
Fortunately we were the only ones…
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park
Lioness in Chobe National Park
Lioness in Chobe National Park
Elephants in Chobe National Park
Elephants in Chobe National Park
Vultures
Vultures
Chobe river
Chobe river
Male Kudu
Male Kudu
Young elephant showing off
Young elephant showing off
Elephant threatening us
Elephant threatening us
Baboon
Baboon
Mongoose
Mongoose
Cruising the Chobe River
Cruising the Chobe River
Cruising the Chobe
Cruising the Chobe
Enjoying the river cruise :-)
Enjoying the river cruise :-)
Hippo in the water
Hippo in the water
Buffalo
Buffalo
Crocodile
Crocodile
yellow-beaked Kite
yellow-beaked Kite
Chobe river cruise
Chobe river cruise
Hippo out of the water
Hippo out of the water
Elephants in Chobe National Park
Elephants in Chobe National Park
Two elephants fighting
Two elephants fighting
Elephants crossing the Chobe river
Elephants crossing the Chobe river
Pile of hippos
Pile of hippos
Chobe
photo by: Biedjee