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Chobe River, Botswana

May 19, 2009

Day 20

A baobab tree in our campsite. The trunks get really thick.

A baobab tree in our campsite. The trunks get really thick.

We woke up early and did another game walk before leaving the Delta. We got really close to some zebras but didn’t see much else. We went back to the camp and took the mokoros out of the Delta.  In the afternoon, we drove to a place called Nata. There were some really impressive Baobab trees here. These trunks of these trees get really thick, and local people use them to carve out dwellings.

Day 21

An elephant carcass beside the road in Botswana.

An elephant carcass beside the road in Botswana.

We left camp early and drove to Chobe river. The roads are still really bad. They are so full of potholes that our driver was actually driving on the side of the road most of them because it was smoother. On top of that, cattle and other animals always have the right of way in Botswana, so there is a lot of stopping in order to let herds of cattle and goats cross the road. We saw several elephants beside the road as well, including one dead one.  The smell of the carcass was almost unbearable even in the truck.

We arrived at our campsite in time for lunch, and then we had an afternoon game cruise on the Chobe River. This really ended up being one of the highlights of the trip, as we really got to get up close to some of the animals – especially one elephant that got so close, it was splashing mud into the boat. At one point, Lori could have reached out and touched it with her hand. Afterwords, the guide told us that it was really too close for comfort and he wanted to move away, but he was afraid to start up the boat’s motor for fear of startling the elephant:

In addition to the elephants, we got too see tons of hippos, water buffalo, and other animals:

A gila monster climbing a tree.

A gila monster climbing a tree.

Some water buffalo on the bank of the Chobe River.

Some water buffalo on the bank of the Chobe River.

This hippos is either yawning or telling us to get away. Im not sure which.

This hippo is either yawning or telling us to leave. I'm not sure which.

A crocodile laying next to the bank.

A crocodile lying next to the bank.

A much younger crocodile that ran from us as soon as we got close.

A much younger crocodile that ran from us as soon as we got close.

Day 22

We took another game drive this morning, but really didn’t get the opportunity to see to much, except for the large troop of baboons that came across our jeep at one point:

Day 22 to be continued in the Victoria Falls post….

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