Chobe, Botswana

Ever stood on the border of four countries? That’s what we did today. An hour bus ride to Kasungala saw us crossing the Zambezi River between Zambia and Botswana. Looking one way was Zambia, in the other direction were Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Absolutely incredible!

We were in Botswana for a two day camping safari in the Chobe National Park. We weren’t expecting too much as it wasn’t peak season, but were pleasantly surprised.

The day started off with a boat cruise down the Chobe (did I ever tell you how much I like boats) and we saw elephants, crocodiles, hippos, the deer-like impala, baboons and the ellipsen waterbuck (or the toilet seat bock as it is nicknamed by the locals).

We then took a private game drive through the park (thanks to the couple who cancelled at the last moment). Added to the above animals, we also saw giraffes, cape buffaloes, greater kudu, mongoose, water monitor lizards, african fish eagle (Zambian national bird) and the cattle egret (Botswana national bird).

We spent the night next to a campfire in the middle of the park. The scenery looked a lot like Australia really, until you caught a glimpse of a giraffe or two. Not quite a luxury tent, but there were beds with bedding rather than sleeping bags.

A late brunch followed an early game drive in the morning. Early on in the drive our guide spotted lion tracks so we spent the morning chasing a lion…and drove right past them, eventually spotting them after the other guide pointed them out. At this stage, our first safari and first lion, albeit sleeping ones.

Chased leopard tracks for the afternoon, finding their breakfast but unfortunately not them. Although the afternoon did not present us with many animals, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to our long safari in less than a week.

Location: Botswana