Wildlife and Sunsets on Chobe River

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
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Trip End May 01, 2013


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Woke up feeling a little rough and disappointed that we didn't get a picture of Mrs Tiddles (a beautiful silken, graphite coloured moggy straight out of a Sheeba ad) or the ancient albino dread-locked man but did have a picture of Mr Puggles to keep us smiling.

We packed away our gear and headed for the Botswana border where we had to 'sheep dip' our shoes whilst they confiscated our eggs!

We arrived at Chobe Safari Lodge around 1pm and instantly flung ourselves into the beautiful, blue, clean swimming pool (albeit with 1m x 1m deep end) and made use of the luxurious facilities ahead of boarding a boat and touring the Chobe River until sunset.

The Chobe River was fought over by (you guessed it...) the Brits (claiming on behalf of Botswana) and the Germans (claiming for Namibia). The island was finally declared Botswana's after an independent review of the river sizes...

However enough about the politics, this boat ride was the hidden gem of excursions, not expected, and free of charge (for once). The trip was tranquillity embodied, almost poetic in that it had an instant effect on chilling the group out. Equally the wildlife seemed to lazily enjoy the sun towards dusk on the banks of the river and we had a chance to watch freely.

On the island created by the split river we saw a lot of wildlife (Nutter will be happy!) - crocodiles, hippo, elephants, eland, many bird species and we stood on the upper deck of the boat until the sun started to set - a beautiful, tranquil evening with the sky set on fire.

We returned to camp for dinner and then early to bed to prepare for a 5am start...
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annewardell
annewardell on

Mr Puggles is...how can I put this....not the PRETTIEST of dogs! The river trip sounds magical...xxxxxx

Sue on

Lovely photos, especially the single elephant and the antelope...

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