Botswana - Chobe National Park

Trip Start Feb 26, 2006
Trip End Nov 28, 2006

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

We took in one more day of safari in Botswana by visiting Chobe National Park in the northeast corner of the country. As Chobe is rough roads, we left the overland truck and took 4x4 jeep safaris into the park in the morning. Although Chobe is much smaller than Etosha National Park in Namibia and there are seemingly fewer animals, we were rewarded with sightings of spotted hyena, warthogs, impala, puku, hippos (the first time we saw them out of water!), lizards, elephants, and the highlight being a pair of lions just lying under a bush right beside the road.

We also got to see the Lilac Breasted Roller which is the national bird of Botswana.

At mid-afternoon, we took a leisurely cruise on the Chobe river along the edge of the park. The Chobe river is the border between Namibia and Botswana, and many animals are found along the shores or crossing the river.

The number of hippos and elephants that we spotted during the cruise was amazing! There were several hippos in the water playing around with each other, and next to them were numerous elephants.

We started off seeing only 2 elephants, and as evening neared, elephant after elephant began coming out from among the trees to the river's edge for a drink. They were all lined up in one neat row on the shore and there were many cute baby elephants in the group.

We even saw one elephant on the Namibian (north) side cross the river to join the others. Elephants are actually decent swimmers, and it's amusing to see them with their trunk as a snorkel because it looks like a little periscope.
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