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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park September 26th 2019

Breakfast with a view this morning - of the sunrise!! Am a little bit over these early mornings 😖. Left the hotel at 7am for about an hours drive to the Zimbabwe border. Everybody off the bus, through passport control (a little faster than the airport), then back on the bus, drive a little way, everybody off the bus again, through passport control to enter Botswana, then back on the bus headed for Chobe Marina Lodge where we transferred to 4WD vehicles for a morning game drive through Chobe National Park. We were not too hopeful of seeing many animals, it was very windy today and apparently that makes them stay sheltered. But did come across a few. Firstly a herd of female kudu, who decided to cross the road in front of the jeep. Lots ... read more
Jeep in Chobe
View of Chobe river
Kudu crossing!

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park June 17th 2019

Here we go again, after a few days off the real early morning wake up, coffee and game drive and it doesn’t get any easier in pursuit of the elusive lion. We have decided too to take advantage of another potential 3 game drives if we don’t see a lion before. This thing is not going to beat us despite saying ‘nature is what it is’. Hot coffee does get you ready for driving around looking for animals and it does fortify the body against the considerable chill factor at 6am in the morning even if the guide drives the vehicle at a sedate 40kph up to the park entrance. This morning our guide was Phuti and he had a trainee called West who sat alongside us in the front tier of seats. Alongside Phuti was ... read more
Baboons and mongoose co habitating
Banded mongoose
Pod or raft of hippos

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park June 15th 2019

We did get a shadowy glimpse at dusk yesterday of a lioness and then she was gone. No photo and no video. We just have to do the morning drive this morning and then this afternoon if we are unlucky this morning. So here it is again,5.15am and we get ourselves dressed for the wind chill factor that you can’t avoid in the open sided Toyota land cruiser whistling along at 40kph towards the park entrance. This morning our guide is Odey and in the front passenger seat is a young woman from the capital Gaborone who is studying tourism hospitality. Our fellow passengers are a couple of Aussies from Wollongong who we met yesterday and found them to be enjoyable company. Sometimes one of the things you miss when there is just the two of ... read more
Mother and teenager hippo
Marouba stalk
Buffalos in the long grass

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park June 13th 2019

oday was going to be an easy day for us. All we had to do was meet our transport to Kasane, Botswana at the front entrance to our Victoria Falls hotel and we would be whisked away. Well that part turned out fine; it was what happened after we reached the Cresta Mwana Hotel, Kasane that meant this was another day on the go for us. We had time to spare before the pickup and so decided to take a stroll downtown for some window shopping which might turn into some big time shopping if we find what we are looking for and the price is right. In the 4 or 5 times we have walked to and from the hotel to the township and vice versa, some 400 metres, we have always been offered a ... read more
Open window over part of the sidewalk,Victoria Falls.A hazard !
Baboons downtown Victoria Falls
All drain maintenance is done by hand in Zimbabwe

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park August 6th 2018

Nous sommes en Afrique! Je n’ai pas vraiment le temps d’y aller avec de longs exposĂ©s, mais je vais faire un bref rĂ©sumĂ© de ce que nous faisons avec quelques photos pour ceux que ça intĂ©resse. Nous avons quittĂ© mercredi en fin de journĂ©e. Trente-cinq heures de voyagement, donc 25 heures d’avion et deux escales (Doha et Johannesburg). À Doha, nous avions neuf heures d’escale donc nous avons quittĂ© l’aĂ©roport pour aller dormir quelques heures. Doha Ă©tait un four avec une tempĂ©rature de 43 degrĂ©s Celsius, sans l’humiditĂ©. Le projet d’aller se promener Ă  pied dans la ville a donc rapidement Ă©tĂ© abandonnĂ©. J’ai dĂ» dormir 15 minutes sur 25 heures. D’une part pour ne pas rater la distribution d’un sac de croustilles et d’un verre de jus d’orange (on prend ce qui passe en classe ... read more
Attente de la navette à 43 degrés
Souper? DĂ©jeuner? Diner? 23h30 Ă  Doha.
CélÚbre Teddy Bear de l'aéroport de Doha

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park February 13th 2017

Geo: -18.5421, 24.5105 Drums waking us again at 5:30AM, our typical wake-up call, our Chobe National Park safari again began as we boarded the jeeps an hour later. But this time we were searching for animals for the whole day, not returning to lovely Baobab Lodge for lunch and quiet time. The Baobab Lodge staff promised to provide PB&J sandwiches for our picnic lunch, but we should not have been surprised by the amazing feast that was presented instead, and served to us in the wilds of Chobe NP. Moses was the driver and guide on the jeep I was riding in today. Even as the jeep was climbing up the severely rutted road from Baobab Lodge, we saw two giraffes, a mama and her big baby. Like the kudu, giraffes seem to use standing still ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park February 12th 2017

Geo: -18.5421, 24.5105 Since first reading Alexander McCall Smith's books on the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series years ago, I have wanted to come to Botswana. What a stunning country it is! We arrived yesterday, a group of twelve of us travelling on OAT's Ultimate Africa trip. The Baobab Lodge is our home for three nights; this is a beautiful, remote camp in the wilds of Botswana, in my opinion much too elegant to be called a camp. Our tour guide is Sku, a very handsome, delightful and enormously knowledgeable guide. We are lucky to have him as our leader on this trip through these African countries. When I woke up this morning the almost full moon was pouring its light through my big front window. I just stood there looking out, watching this beauty ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park March 2nd 2016

Chobe National Park, Botswana We stayed at Chobe Chilwero Lodge overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi flood planes. In the morning we did a morning game drive along the Chobe River. Lots of elephants with some new babies. The babies were always surrounded by several adults to provide protection. We also encountered a pride of lions that had killed a buffalo that morning. Interesting that 3 other buffalo came very close to the pride. Our guide said that were pissed off, before we were aware of the buffalo the male lion was the first to react and then several of the female lions rose. This did not stop the lions from feeding, but I guess the buffalo wanted to make some kind of statement. At dusk we did a cruise on the Chobe River, lots ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park February 2nd 2016

. Going down to breakfast we watched the red wing starlings and spur winged geese. In the dining room there was humour in watching the staff continually chasing out the velvet monkeys. We ate a hearty breakfast and then we loaded up into the vans ready for our day trip to Botswana. . The road was long but not winding and the warthogs were out in force. We almost had a collision with a yellow billed hornbill. At last we saw the lime-vested border police. . We had learned that Botswana gained independence in 1966 but the old colonial bureaucracy was still extant. We lined up to walk through the hut which passed as the immigration office. The staff were incredibly friendly. Once we had cleared immigration we noticed that on the road leading from Botswana ... read more
baby Crocodile
Hippo marks his territory
No. 1 Lady Detective in Botswana

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park December 7th 2015

The first day of this trip was a free day in Vic Falls and the next was heading to Chobe National park in Botswana. Border formalities done we arrived at the park and headed out for a game drive after a quick lunch. We saw lots of cool animals including a bunch of elephants and lions! We saw a pride of about 9 that were lounging around in the shade with some cubs playing with each other. Cute! A big win for me since I still haven’t had my full of lions being that we only saw 5 in Etosha lol. Some dudes grabbed our stuff to set up a bush camp and we met them for dinner which included some marshmallows to roast over the fire. Yum! We were warned about the different colored eyes ... read more
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