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:
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:
This eland 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:
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:
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:
And when we backed the boat off a bit we saw that its mother had turned up to see what was going on:
These elephants were actually at the water’s edge on the other side of that small grassy island:
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:
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!
Have you been to Chobe? Tell us about it in the comments!
The Expat Traveller