Savute/ Chobe National Park

Trip Start Oct 01, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, December 27, 2004

I have been dieing to go on a Safari ever since my mother taught me how to read with Lauren Greens New Wilderness books. What started with a daily reading lesson about wildlife ended in an Obsession. So, here I am. Right smack dab in the middle of Botswana's Best kept secret ready to concur a childhood dream.

I booked a Safari through the Booking Company (they were the ONLY people that could help me get one this time of the year) and ended up traveling with Maun Rest Camp (Great people and tour).

We departed Maun early on the 27th for our long drive to Savuté (Chobe National Park). The drive was littered with Wild life. Just out side Maun we spotted a pack of Wild Dogs beating the pants of a Hyena. With this kind of action 15mins into the trip, I knew it was going to be good. Within 50km I did not even glance twice at an elephant or giraffe on the side of the road (there was that many). By the time we arrived at our private camp site we had literally seen everything in the park with the exception of a Lion and Leopard  The camp was nothing like Camp O but surprisingly comfortable. Our guide (Simon) set up camp. I had my own tent/cot, there was a bush toilet/in a tent, tented shower, and of course the fire. By the time he was done I could have survived comfortably in the woods for months.

The activities are very different when if comes to bush camping. The first that I had a hard time with was 1) No Exercise. You can't just go for a stroll in the park. Besides the fact it is prohibited, you would have to be mad to go for a jog at 5am. Anything that runs in this park is literally dinner. So, most of the day consisted of driving. Which is really a great way to see a tone of game in a short period but you start to feel sluggish by day 5.
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