Arrival Chobe Elephant Camp, Chobe Nat’l Park, Botswana

We were met at the Kasane airport by KG from Bushways. We drove an hour on good roads through Chobe National Park to Chobe Elephant Camp. Situated along the Chobe River, the park is known for its high concentration of game, especially elephants.

With the late arrival we checked in quickly and met KG in a safari vehicle for a drive along the river as it was too late to go into the national park. They don’t allow night drives in the national parks, only in the private reserves. We saw more animals than I was expecting to see on our short tour – buffalo, water buck, giraffe and zebra at the water.

My favorite sight of the evening was the quelea, a great cloud of tiny birds that undulates through the air like a ribbon in the wind. They are one of the most destructive species in Africa, gobbling up vast acreages of seed crops.

At sunset we met Thomas, the lodge manager, at a viewpoint along the river where he had sun downers and snacks set up for us including savory cabbage rolls and sweet cakes.

August 30, 2016

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