In early January, we finally had our first overland border crossing in Africa on our way to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. We stayed at Jollyboys Backpacker in Livingstone where we also booked our safari tour to Botswana. Chobe National Park is home to between 60,000 and 100,000 elephants as well as many other species. I consider it to be the best game viewing of any park we have visited so far.
On our way to Livingstone, we encountered a bit of a delay. We were about midway between the Zambia/Namibia border and Livingstone when our taxi got a flat tire. With very little traffic on that section of road, we were a little worried about how long this minor repair would take (of course there was not a spare tire in the vehicle!), but we were rolling again in less than two hours. The new tire was a little too big for the car, but it worked until we switched vehicles at the next major town.
Getting from Livingstone, Zambia to Chobe National Park in Botswana was exciting and involved a water taxi across the Zambezi River which was about a half mile wide in this section. Four countries are visible from the river here: Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Our friends Mona and Chris got the last two seats in this boat, and we got to know a curio salesman as we waited for the taxi to return to shuttle us across the Zambezi.
A large group of hippos are halfway submerged in the Chobe River. The river widens here as it forms an island and provides prime habitat for a variety of animals and birds.
This bird’s strange pose is to dry its wings. Or it might be doing yoga. It stayed in this pose for several minutes. More on this bird and others in the next post.
The view from our safari vehicle in Chobe National Park. There are impala and baboons visible and the Chobe River is in the distance.
A large female crocodile staying close to her young to protect them. You can see two of the little ones on the tree trunk on the right.
Male impala. Part of a bachelor herd we spotted our first day in the park. Impala are very plentiful and their herd numbers grow quickly. They are frequently prey for lions and leopards.
Chobe is home to an amazing amount of wildlife as evidenced here by a large group of elephants and cape buffalo.
This is actually from the last day of our trip to Chobe and one of the big highlights: A leopard sleeping in a dead tree. It had just rained and our guide told us that leopards don’t like to get their paws wet.