Chobe National Park

Trip Start Oct 19, 2010
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Trip End Jan 19, 2011


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Friday, December 3, 2010

We crossed into Botswana; our first stop wasn't too far from the border - Chobe National Park.  The Zambia / Botswana border is a bit unusual.  At only 700 meters, it is the world's shortest international border.  You can see Zimbabwe and Namibia from the ferry.

We made it on the ferry by the skin of our teeth.  The border police, guns thrown over their shoulders, guarded the ferry with Israeli-like precision.  They happened to also be armed with bits of rubber hose about two feet long.  At each ferry departure, tens of men run from seemingly no where in an attempt to jump on at the last minute.  These guys are often smuggling things & don't want questions or inspection.  The guards gave several of them a good whack, a fact that we laughed about with them as we crossed the Zambezi.

Our time in Chobe included a typical morning game drive followed by a 'boat drive' on the river itself.  The stars were not in alignment for us on this one and we didn't see much.  Pretty much a bust.

The new members have joined Shashe and I must say that, with a few exceptions, the final few weeks aren't going to be nearly as fun as the previous ones.  Our guides are very structured and the new crew isn't taking to the routing very well so far.  Maybe we'll all loosen up over the coming days.  Tomorrow is our longest drive to date - 620 km to Maun.  Should give us plenty of time to bond!
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