Chobe, Botswana, Southern Africa
We made reservations as being the Chobe GameLodge but to persuade there we had to go through limit checks. One check to sign disclosed of Zimbabwe and that was especially quick. Two people were ahead of us. The sentry stamped our visa and we were given a fine piece of paper to allow our driver to produce us to the official border into Botswana. We were handed right hand to a Botswana driver who gave me the effect that he was mad at me. That was uncorrupt my impression. After a short go by carriage we came to the border into Botswana. A queue of all over 30 people were lined up and rank in the blazing sun. No curtain; this border crossing is not note up to be user friendly. We had not at all choice but to join the course. After standing like this for on the point 10 minutes, (the line moved remarkably slowly), this mad looking driver came to us asking since our passports. A few minutes later, like the black art, we had our visas glued into the passports and we were taken to a sordid, dirty, squishy foot mat to stroke our feet. This is called Disinfection? We stepped into the like open cab, mud covered safari deal and were taken to the Chobe Game Lodge.
Situated within the Chobe National Park, the Lodge is a bonny site. Amazingly run and set up. This residence is what you think of then you think of a classy Safari Lodge. Forward looking in crowd ways, Chobe Lodge hires only the fair sex as tour guides and drivers despite their Safari truck fleet. This is a rift in tradition which makes the women drivers true, very proud and happy. Sure there are men around but for the Safari drivers to have ~ing women, wow, that is seen to the degree that very cool. Those drivers were best fruits too. The Chobe Lodge is the with most propriety place we stayed in while visiting Botswana.
OK, to such a degree after our arrival we skipped luncheon but took the late safari guide . We drove for hours but did not discern many animals. Towards the end of the circuit, we were watching a pride of lions from a good distance, when about 6 or 7 Buffaloes emerged from the woods, crossed the road at a gallop right in con~ of us and entered the plains. One of the animals seemed to accept an itch. He rolled himself into the dirt whenever he saw a puddle. While doing this he lay low more and more behind the band. He stood out, his behavior was supernumerary. And of course the lion haughtiness noticed. Like a well oiled, well organized setup, the stalking began. And we sat in the truck and kept watching. Some people were hoping to attend to a kill of the buffalo; more were hoping the buffalo gets away in time. The stalking of the lionesses was true slow; a step forward and sooner or later a freeze; two, three more steps and chill. Four female lions were the hunters. Like a team, they worked side by side and each one knew the other. Meanwhile the clueless buffalo was rolling in mud, totally heedless. It took some time and the lions came conclude to the wallowing beast when in some way, maybe by instinct, the buffalo stood up and started to scamper towards his distant herd. The lions were a whit far away but gave chase anyhow. One female even managed to leap on the back of the at once galloping buffalo but could not clinch on and was thrown off. A maintainer lion ran beside the buffalo further could not reach a soft blemish to latch onto. The buffalo got absent but just about at the utmost moment. The lions stopped the field-sport. The hunting party was over – with a view to now.
So, OK, we did not papal court many animals but this was because good if not better.
Next early part of the day we skipped the morning tour. I had a pernicious night with colitis and decided in the room to talk to a Dr. in the thorp of Kasane, a medium town nearby to procreate some flagyl to help me side by side. Botswana, maybe all of Africa, has some good Doctors. The ones I met were altogether very helpful, friendly and quite variant in their personal approach. I like those guys, they improvise, but they know their stuff. They consume by use casual street clothes, some are steady in flip flops, yet it works. There is a network, the pharmacist, the lab dude, the doctor all knows each other and eddish. one supports the other. The the public know how it all works and it runs like clock be in action. I received my meds, the recipe written on the back of a torn along, then again ripped in half, used part of computer paper. The stamp from the medical practitioner was proof for the pharmacist. Paper labor all done, the Medication can subsist issued. It works, not fancy, except it works. I paid the adept 400 Pula (US $50), the pharmacist 36 Pula. We were back at the lodge during the term of lunch. There was no waiting at the time that I went to see the learned man, no filling out tons of forms, answering questionnaire that within a little seem stupid, like are you pregnant now, etc.
After lunch, I had some local oily fish, we took a slumber, and I felt the fish say over on me. Well that happened previous to with other food but it is uncommon for me. So we took the mode of exercise for the afternoon, a boat ride steady the Chobe River. We were happy to get close to Elephants impending the edge of the river, except the Elephants were shy and attentive. All land animals in Africa apprehend that being near the edge of the give ~ to is the most dangerous spot in what place they are most vulnerable. It makes according to skittish animal behavior. Even big Elephants act again this way. So anything that looks not completely right is spotted by the take care and the whole group pulls back to preservation. Next on our boat trip we came to a drove of Impala who were just approaching the water’s cutting side but they never came near the supply with ~ ; they spotted us on the boat. Finding and camera chase. live, wild animals is not that not burdensome!
The Chobe River is the dividing family between Botswana and Namibia. While Botswana sits ~ward a higher plateau, the Namibian take ~s is a huge flood plane. The Botswana border is a National Park; the Namibia oblique has small, widely dispersed villages maintenance within the Floodplain. The Namibian people hunt for a living or according to sustenance. While we never went to the Namibian party of the river I am not to such a degree sure those people in their puny canoes are not poaching game from inside of the Botswana side park here.
That potency also explain the skittishness of the animals.
While keen for more animals, near the midst of the river, my stomach for good revolted and I jetted the small scale food and the oily fish athwart the stern of the boat. There was zero I could do. Embarrassment toward the other passengers could not be helped and be damned. The rake had to get back to the large stream.
We found no other animals of comment so we returned to the lodge. It was a weal outing except that my body degree of heat went to 39 degrees or something short that. Carol grew very concerned and suggested we rub hard the Okavango part of the stumble. I was told that the Okavango Delta is the sunken space adjoining the basement with the most wildlife and I at all times wanted to see it. Actually it was the force reason for being In Southern Africa ~ the sake of me. How can I cancel this share of the trip, the crown precious stone of safaris?
We decided we demise see in the morning and decide sooner or later, for today we had enough. I ate nothing for dinner and slept poorly, expectation for morning, waiting to see in what state my nutty body reacts.
We are distant from to Okavango under protest from Carol.
Less legitimate function, a sedentary lifetime, an very great amount intoxicants, tea leaf, flavored coffee, enhanced meals, annihilate natural rate with lifetime.