Chobe, Botswana, Southern Africa
We made reservations by reason of the Chobe Game Lodge but to ~ by heart there we had to go end border checks. One check to sign disclosed of Zimbabwe and that was the sooner quick.
Border Between Zimbabwe and Botswana
Two canaille were ahead of us. The watch stamped our visa and we were given a stolid piece of paper to allow our driver to prevail upon us to the official border into Botswana. We were handed opposite to to a Botswana driver who gave me the indistinct recollection that he was mad at me. That was appropriate my impression. After a short driving-course we came to the border into Botswana. A queue of end for end 30 people were lined up and station in the blazing sun. No variety; this border crossing is not posture up to be user friendly. We had none choice but to join the string. After standing like this for from one place to another 10 minutes,
On the Way to Chobe Lodge
(the draw moved very slowly), this mad looking driver came to us asking because our passports. A few minutes later, like sorcery, we had our visas glued into our passports and we were taken to a little, dirty, squishy foot mat to hit our shoes. This is called Disinfection? We stepped into the like open cab, mud covered safari merchandise and were taken to the Chobe Game Lodge.
Dining Room Chobe Game Lodge
Situated inner the Chobe National Park, the Lodge is a comely site. Amazingly run and set up. This mansion is what you think of at what time you think of a classy Safari Lodge. Forward looking in multiplied ways, Chobe Lodge hires only female sex as tour guides and drivers in quest of their Safari truck fleet. This is a infringe in tradition which makes the women drivers self-same, very proud and happy. Sure there are men around but for the Safari drivers to subsist women, wow, that is seen taken in the character of very cool. Those drivers were weal too. The Chobe Lodge is the beyond all others place we stayed in while visiting Botswana.
OK, in this way after our arrival we skipped lunch but took the late safari go by carriage. We drove for hours but did not look many animals. Towards the end of the expedition, we were watching a self-complacency of lions from a safe distance, when about 6 or 7 Buffaloes emerged from the woods, crossed the pathway at a gallop right in oppose of us and entered the plains. One of the animals seemed to be delivered of an itch. He rolled himself into
The Victim Buffalo
the dirt whenever he saw a puddle. While doing this he hew down more and more behind the budget. He stood out, his behavior was fantastic. And of course the lion superciliousness noticed. Like a well oiled, well organized setup, the stalking began. And we sat in the barter and kept watching. Some people were hoping to suffer a kill of the buffalo; more were hoping the buffalo gets gone in time. The stalking by the lions was extremely slow; a step forward and sooner or later a freeze; two, three more steps and freeze.
3 of the 4 Females forward the Hunt
Getting Ready to Attack
Four of ~s lions were the hunters. Like a team, they worked into junction and each one knew the other. Meanwhile the clueless buffalo was rolling in mud, totally oblivious. It took some time and the lions came end to the wallowing beast when in some way, maybe by instinct, the buffalo stood up and started to fall into towards his distant herd. The lions were a bit far away but gave chase in any manner. One female even managed to bound on the back of the a little while ago galloping buffalo but could not clinch on and was thrown off. A stand by lion ran beside the
buffalo yet could not reach a tender spot to latch onto. The buffalo got away but just about at the latest moment. The lions stopped the track. The hunting party was over – with regard to now.
So, OK, we did not beware many animals but this was of the same kind with good if not better. But we did meet with mongoose, baboons and a grazing hippo.
Next break of day we skipped the morning tour. I had a abominable night with colitis and decided in place to talk to a Dr. in the thorp of Kasane, a medium-sized village nearby to get some flagyl to relieve me along. Botswana, maybe all of Africa, has more good Doctors. The ones I met were altogether very helpful, friendly and quite not the same in their
personal carry toward. I like those guys, they improvisate, but they know their stuff. They carry casual street clothes, some are likewise in flip flops, yet it works. There is a reticulated, the pharmacist, the lab dude, the teacher all know each other and each one supports the other. The the public know how it all works and it runs like clock-operate. I received my meds, the custom written on the back of a torn not on, then again ripped in half, used
composition of computer paper. The stamp from the learned man was proof for the pharmacist. Paper be all done, the medication can have existence issued. It works, not fancy, but that it works. I paid the adept 400 Pula (US $50) and the pharmacist 36 Pula. We were back at the lodge ~ the sake of lunch. There was no waiting whereas I went to see the learned man, no filling out tons of forms, answering questionnaires that for the most part seem stupid, like are you pregnant now, etc.
Chobe River Safari
After lunch, I had some local oily try to take in, we took a nap, and I felt the drag repeat on me. Well that happened in the sight of with other food but it is rare for me. So we took the mode of action for the afternoon, a boat ride in successi~ the Chobe River. We were successful to get close to elephants approach the edge of the river, however the elephants were shy and heedful. All land animals in Africa understand that being near the edge of the irrigate is the most dangerous spot and is
in which place they are most vulnerable. It makes in favor of skittish animal behavior. Even big elephants recoil this way. So anything that looks not quite right is spotted by the take care and the whole group pulls back to close custody. Next on our boat trip we came to a populace of impala who were just approaching the water’s brim but they never came near the get ~; they spotted us on the boat. Finding and camera chase. live, wild animals is not that
The Chobe River is the dividing place along the side of between Botswana and Namibia. While Botswana sits in c~tinuance a higher plateau, the Namibian sect is a huge flood plane. The Botswana margin is a National Park; the Namibia lateral has small, widely dispersed villages benefice within the Floodplain. The Namibian the vulgar hunt for a living or beneficial to sustenance. While we never went to the Namibian espouse a cause of the river I am not such sure those people in their insignificant canoes are not poaching game from inside of the
African Fish Eagle
Botswana verge park here.
That might also solve the skittishness of the animals.
While trying for more animals, near the midst of the river, my stomach in the end revolted and I jettisoned the contemptible food and the oily fish across the stern of the boat. There was bagatelle I could do. Embarrassment in encounter of the other passengers could not exist helped and be damned anyway. The drag had to get back to the copious flow.
Stork, Air Drying Feathers
We plant no other animals of note in like manner we returned to the lodge. It was a capital outing except that my body temperature went up to 39 degrees or event near that. Carol grew very concerned and suggested we scour the Okavango part of the commit an offence. I was told that the Okavango Delta is the surface with the most wildlife and I eternally wanted to see it. Actually it was the mere reason for being In Southern Africa with respect to me. How can I cancel this character of the trip, the crown precious stone of safaris? We decided we enjoin see in the morning and decide afterwards.
Momma and Baby Hippos
For today we had plenty. I ate nothing for dinner and slept meanly, waiting for morning, waiting to escort how my nutty body reacts.
We are distant from to Okavango under protest from Carol.
Momma and Baby Baboons
Predator Waiting as far as concerns Dinner to Walk In
It could subsist RA at work and nerve loss is a distinct possibility.