Published: October 16th 2011August 30th 2011
M – Next stop Chobe National Park! Chobe is known for its elephants. Indeed there are estimated to be 120,000 elephants in Chobe. If you have read Kate’s blog on Etosha then you know that this isn’t exactly a selling point in Chobe’s favour for her! Hence we decided to take our friends advice and, rather than undertake a land safari, base ourselves on the river at Kasane enjoy the park from the water.
The river in question is the Zambezi which after it passes through Kasane continues a 100km or so to form Victoria Falls (my next blog). Kasane is a lively African town with pretty good facilities (bars, restaurants and supermarkets) and is well worth a stopover. As such we used it as our base for Chobe and a day trip to Vic Falls. This was probably influenced by the fact that we found a great guest house on the river for a bit of luxury for a great walk-in price (The Garden Inn).
The trip was fantastic, taking in the wildlife from a small motor boat was so relaxing. Taking a small boat is definitely the way to go. We shared ours with a Norwegian couple
and a very knowledgeable guide who was able to point out a lot of wildlife in addition to the obvious crocs, hippos and elephants.
To round off the trip he then positioned the boat perfectly to allow us take our sunset shots of the elephants with a beer in hand when most of the other cruises had already begun to turn for home to enjoy their sundowners! A very special trip that I could take again and again.
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