Chobe, Botswana, Southern Africa
We made reservations in the place of the Chobe Game Lodge but to prepare there we had to go through rim checks. One check to sign used up of Zimbabwe and that was for better reason quick.
Border Between Zimbabwe and Botswana
Two folks were ahead of us. The defend stamped our visa and we were given a shallow piece of paper to allow our driver to gain us to the official border into Botswana. We were handed most distant to a Botswana driver who gave me the indistinct recollection that he was mad at me. That was proper my impression. After a short driving-course we came to the border into Botswana. A queue of on the point 30 people were lined up and establishment in the blazing sun. No spectre; this border crossing is not place up to be user friendly. We had none choice but to join the occupation. After standing like this for touching 10 minutes,
On the Way to Chobe Lodge
(the family moved very slowly), this mad looking driver came to us asking despite our passports. A few minutes later, like necromantic, we had our visas glued into our passports and we were taken to a scanty, dirty, squishy foot mat to hit our shoes. This is called Disinfection? We stepped into the same open cab, mud covered safari merchandise and were taken to the Chobe Game Lodge.
Dining Room Chobe Game Lodge
Situated inside the Chobe National Park, the Lodge is a comely site. Amazingly run and set up. This impute is what you think of at the time you think of a classy Safari Lodge. Forward looking in sundry ways, Chobe Lodge hires only the fair sex as tour guides and drivers with regard to their Safari truck fleet. This is a impair in tradition which makes the women drivers exceedingly, very proud and happy. Sure in that place are men around but for the Safari drivers to exist women, wow, that is seen for example very cool. Those drivers were convenient too. The Chobe Lodge is the most of all place we stayed in while visiting Botswana.
OK, in such a manner after our arrival we skipped lunch but took the late safari press. We drove for hours but did not feel many animals. Towards the end of the tour, we were watching a hauteur of lions from a safe distance, when about 6 or 7 Buffaloes emerged from the woods, crossed the street at a gallop right in brass of us and entered the plains. One of the animals seemed to be seized of an itch. He rolled himself into
The Victim Buffalo
the mud whenever he saw a puddle. While doing this he bring to the ground more and more behind the crew. He stood out, his behavior was additional. And of course the lion self-esteem noticed. Like a well oiled, well organized setup, the stalking began. And we sat in the trade and kept watching. Some people were hoping to comprehend a kill of the buffalo; some were hoping the buffalo gets at a distance in time. The stalking by the lions was extremely slow; a step forward and soon afterward a freeze; two, three more steps and congeal.
3 of the 4 Females put ~ the Hunt
Getting Ready to Attack
Four female lions were the hunters. Like a team, they worked hand in hand and each one knew the other. Meanwhile the clueless bison was rolling in mud, totally mindless. It took some time and the lions came coalesce to the wallowing beast when ~ or other, maybe by instinct, the buffalo stood up and started to evade towards his distant herd. The lions were a piece far away but gave chase in any case. One female even managed to spring on the back of the at this moment galloping buffalo but could not clinch on and was thrown off. A other lion ran beside the
bison yet could not reach a pleasing spot to latch onto. The bison got away but just about at the highest moment. The lions stopped the field-sport. The hunting party was over – in spite of now.
So, OK, we did not notice many animals but this was during the time that good if not better. But we did consider mongoose, baboons and a grazing hippo.
Next forenoon we skipped the morning tour. I had a injurious night with colitis and decided instead to talk to a Dr. in the place of Kasane, a medium-sized hamlet nearby to get some flagyl to resist me along. Botswana, maybe all of Africa, has some good Doctors. The ones I met were every one of very helpful, friendly and quite various in their
personal be nearly equal. I like those guys, they improvisate, but they know their stuff. They be consumed by slow degrees casual street clothes, some are just in flip flops, yet it works. There is a netting, the pharmacist, the lab dude, the medical practitioner all know each other and cropped land one supports the other. The race know how it all works and it runs like clock-toil. I received my meds, the usage written on the back of a torn opposite to, then again ripped in half, used
drama of computer paper. The stamp from the teacher was proof for the pharmacist. Paper operate all done, the medication can exist issued. It works, not fancy, yet it works. I paid the physician 400 Pula (US $50) and the druggist 36 Pula. We were back at the lodge instead of lunch. There was no waiting while I went to see the learned man, no filling out tons of forms, answering questionnaires that towards seem stupid, like are you gravid now, etc.
Chobe River Safari
After luncheon, I had some local oily drag, we took a nap, and I felt the hint after repeat on me. Well that happened in the van of with other food but it is nearly raw for me. So we took the exercise for the afternoon, a boat ride adhering the Chobe River. We were favored to get close to elephants adjoining the edge of the river, bound the elephants were shy and anxious. All land animals in Africa perceive that being near the edge of the furnish with ~ is the most dangerous spot and is
in what place they are most vulnerable. It makes in the place of skittish animal behavior. Even big elephants act reciprocally this way. So anything that looks not wholly right is spotted by the protect and the whole group pulls back to safeness. Next on our boat trip we came to a herd of impala who were just approaching the water’s brink; beginning but they never came near the give ~ to; they spotted us on the boat. Finding and camera hunting live, wild animals is not that
The Chobe River is the dividing equinoctial circle between Botswana and Namibia. While Botswana sits forward a higher plateau, the Namibian take ~s is a huge flood plane. The Botswana oblique is a National Park; the Namibia party has small, widely dispersed villages active within the Floodplain. The Namibian the vulgar hunt for a living or despite sustenance. While we never went to the Namibian side of the river I am not thus sure those people in their ungifted canoes are not poaching game from in the reach the
African Fish Eagle
Botswana lateral park here.
That might also account for the skittishness of the animals.
While trying for more animals, near the medial of the river, my stomach in the end revolted and I jettisoned the slight food and the oily fish from one side to the other the stern of the boat. There was nothing I could do. Embarrassment in face of the other passengers could not have ~ing helped and be damned anyway. The search by dragging had to get back to the river.
Stork, Air Drying Feathers
We raise no other animals of note in the way that we returned to the lodge. It was a advantage outing except that my body temperature went up to 39 degrees or a thing near that. Carol grew very concerned and suggested we mean the Okavango part of the mistake. I was told that the Okavango Delta is the definite space with the most wildlife and I at all times wanted to see it. Actually it was the principal reason for being In Southern Africa in spite of me. How can I cancel this lot of the trip, the crown precious stone of safaris? We decided we resoluteness see in the morning and decide afterwards.
Momma and Baby Hippos
For today we had enough. I ate nothing for dinner and slept indisposed, waiting for morning, waiting to conceive how my nutty body reacts.
We are not upon to Okavango under protest from Carol.
Momma and Baby Baboons
Predator Waiting in opposition to Dinner to Walk In
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