Day 5: Chobe National Park
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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.
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.
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...