Cruising on the Chobe River...birds and elephants!

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 04, 2013

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Chobe Safari Lodge Kasane
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 27 - late afternoon

Day 20 - Northern Experience Tour
              37 Celsius, blue sky, cloudy periods, hot

Once we passed the Botswana Border Post and without wasting any more time, NTando drove full speed ahead in the direction of the Chobe National Park in Kasane, a very short distance away!

        He was right about one thing; it was a very short distance away because forty-five minutes later, we stepped out of Mhondoro having arrived at our accommodations for the night, the Chobe Safari Lodge set up along the banks of the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park!  

    While driving down here, anticipation grew by the minute!   Several elephant sightings were seen along the road and behind trees!   The sceneries were amazing and reminded me of our game drives in Etosha National Park!  

The Chobe Safari Lodge was grandiose and luxurious looking!   It had all of the ingredients to make it an exceptional stay and even more!   But time was playing against us so without glancing at anything, I rapidly made my way with the rest of my travel companions straight to the river’s shore where a small craft was waiting for us!

The best part about going on a cruise on the Chobe River was the fact that we had the craft all to ourselves.  In other words, no other tourists to share it with!   Our guides had decided to splurge a little bit more since we were running a bit late and to spoil us by hiring a local craft and guide all to ourselves!   Those were great news to my ears!

First one onboard, as usual, I settled at the front of the boat with Michel right next to me!   Best places again!   I had the entire views of the Chobe River opening right in front of me!   Imagine all the photos opportunities!

The local guide first operated the craft along the river’s shore where various birds’ species were spotted.  He was able to identify each and every one of them by their names and details.  He definitely knew what he was talking about! 

Looking straight in front of me, I couldn’t have asked for any better views and weather.  The sky was blue, the sun was hot and even though a few of the clouds were grey, it added drama to the scenes and beauty to the landscape.  

And then the best part came where herds of elephants were seen along the river drinking and eating away!   Without wasting any more minutes, the operator of the craft cruised in that direction!

To be continued…

Monique   :-)

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