A Day Trip to Chobe Game Reserve in Botswana

Our day trip into Botswana and the Chobe Game Reserve started with an early pick-up from our hotel at Victoria Falls. The drive to Chobe was about an hour, including the border crossing which, when we did it, was very quick.

Once in the game reserve, we set off in a Land Rover and came across this lioness. She was a bit upset with us because she had been stalking her lunch and our arrival caused her prospective meal to escape:

Lioness at Chobe Game Reserve

Luckily for her (but not so much for her prey), when we passed by the same location some hours later, we could hear her feasting in the bushes.

This was in a different part of the reserve: a young lion plus a cub playing. The lioness was there too, but did not seem at all concerned about us:

A couple of young lions playing at Chobe Game reserve

This  eland  kudu was so well disguised that, at first, he was difficult to spot. But once I saw him I was able to zoom in for this:

Eland at Chobe Game reserve

The second part of the tour was in a boat on the Chobe River and, on our way to the boarding point, we passed these elephants. The rain storm you can see in the background threatened to spoil the boat trip but, luckily, it passed quickly:

Elephants with rain storm behind

The boat was flat-bottomed and so enabled us to go right up to the river’s edge. Here you can see a baby crocodile:

Baby crocodile on the Chobe River

And when we backed the boat off a bit we saw that its mother had turned up to see what was going on:

Baby crocodile's mother

These elephants were actually at the water’s edge on the other side of that small grassy island:

Elephants at Chobe

Our guide took us round the end of the island and then throttled back the engine to an idle as we drifted up to them:

Elephants at Chobe, closer up

Because of their sheer size, elephants can be very dangerous if they are disturbed or if their young are threatened, so a great deal of respect is a good idea. They have enormous strength.

Luckily they seemed quite content on this occasion and we were able to quietly back away once we had spent a minute or two taking pictures.

The boat trip came to an end, sadly, and we were returned to our van for the drive back to Victoria Falls.

It was a fantastic day out though, and, if you’re visiting Victoria Falls, I would heartily recommend fitting it into your itinerary!

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Martin Malden

Martin Malden
The Expat Traveller

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  • Giles Ridley Jun 15, 2022 @ 23:53

    The animal you describe as an Eland , is decidedly NOT One ! Although not exactly rare elands are less common than this animal pictured, which is an immature male Kudu, its degree of immaturity determined by the number of corkscrew-like whorls in its horns. This one has about one and a half whorls. A mature alpha male for example would have about three of them, and be a magnificent sight to see. Your picture shows the animal browsing, which classes it as a browser, a leaf feeder, as opposed to a grazer which crops grasses. These antelope were very common in the days when your parents farmed, and many farmers all around Rhodesia had them in the treed areas on their lands, and many farmers also had stuffed Kudu heads and horns as trophies over their mantelpieces. Their meat was also used to produce choice biltong, or pemmican (for some of your readers).

    • Martin Malden Jun 16, 2022 @ 6:25

      Ah, thanks for your correction.

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