Elephants engaged in combat!

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
              35 Celsius, cloudy periods, hot

Herds of elephants were seen along the shore and even more in the water.    They played and bathed in a narrow section of the river blocking us access to continue on with our cruise!   

Stopping the boat, we watched them for a while from a short distance away as they splashed water over themselves.   An opening was finally spotted by our captain allowing us to continue on with our cruise down the Chobe River without disturbing them!

        A crocodile was sighted along the shore.   With its mouth wide open, he preyed on several small birds that flew around him.   Whether luck was on his side, I'll never know…..we didn’t stay that long to watch!

Nearby, a beautiful Great egret stood like a statue before opening its wings wide open just to fly a few meters further away!   Luckily for me, I was able to capture the bird's every single movement on camera!    It was great!

Moving on, an elephant stood in the river with water way up to his head.   As we slowly passed right next to him, he madly flipped his ears non-stop!   While bearing an angry look and dislike, he appeared as if he was going to charge but rapidly changed his mind seeing that we were much faster than him!  

Shortly afterwards, this same particular elephant came out of the river and blew off his anger by attacking another elephant.   These two young males fought between themselves along the river bank where dust of sand flew all over the place.   While they furiously engaged in combat with their ivory tusks and trunks, we watched in amazement the scenes in front of us!     

        It was electrifying to watch their confrontation as they charged into one another knocking everything around them in the process!   Probably due to a female elephant dumping him was Michel’s comment as he watched with his binoculars! 

        So, this was life along the Chobe River, life full of wildlife and mind-blowing experiences!   My cruise could have continued forever and ever; I would never have gotten bored from it…..it was that thrilling and sensational!

        We made it back to the Chobe Safari Lodge way past dusk time and all in one piece.   Knowing that our cruise was now finished, I sported a sad look on my face which was rapidly replaced by a big huge smile upon setting eyes on the spacious lodge!      

        I had grounds to explore and my room to inspect!    Looking behind me, the sunset was illuminating the sky above the Chobe River! 

Monique   :-)

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