Chobe National Park, Days 2 & 3, Botswana

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It’s day two in Chobe and the alarms are going off at 5am. We were at the gates of the park at 5:50 – ready to see the wildlife and we weren’t disappointed. By luck, we spotted a hyena heading off in the direction away from the river and decided to follow it. He took us right to the place where they had made their evening kill. One of them was still there finishing it off.

hyena

Then we headed off into the bush to explore.

And we saw…Baboons

baboon

Lilac Breasted Roller

bird

Mongoose

 mongoose 1

mongoose 2

Black Backed Jackel

jackel

Buffalo

Buffalo

White Backed Vulture

vulture

Female Kunu

female kunu

Male Kunu

male kunu

male kunu 2

Herd of Impala

herdpng

herd of impala 2

impala

African Eagle fish

african fish eagle

Humans

4 us

Dirty Buffalo

dirty buffalo

Tawny Eagle

vulture

Bushbuck

Bushbuck

There was an island in the middle of the Chobe river in which the elephants trekked back and forth…

eleph 2

 

elephants

elephant swim

And the babies…we saw at least a dozen throughout the park

elephant and baby

3 elephants

elephant at water

Check out the baby under her mama – in the shade on the ground!

baby in shade

baby in shade 2

peaking baby

As I mentioned before, one of the nice things about having our own vehicle in the park was that we could stop whenever and where ever we wanted to stop. If we came upon a particularly beautiful spot along the river – we just parked the truck and spent 15 minutes enjoying the view and taking pictures.  We also stopped for lunch and an afternoon siesta.  Siesta included food, a couple beers and a nap. I have never slept as much as I have this past month!  Honestly – and just to digress for a moment – I generally go to sleep at 9pm and get up at 6am. I’m ready for a nap around 10:00am and again around 4:00pm – not that we nap every day- but we could.

So, after lunch and a couple beers, I lay back and siesta’d for a few minutes as did the boys. But when I woke up – it was to two very ugly warthogs 5 ft away – staring at me – not moving.  The guys got up and made some noise and they slowly turned and walked away – not in the least bit bothered by us. But I was freaking out and totally un-nerved! WAY too close.  Otherwise, I love the wildlife that we saw!

All in all…a wonderful safari trip to Chobe National Park!

chobe

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