Thursday, May 6, 2010

Chobe National Park

On April 16, we drove to the town of Kasane where we camped just outside the border of Chobe National Park.  Chobe is the second largest National Park in Botswana at over 7,000 square miles.  It's best known for it's huge population of elephants, which number at around 120,000.

When we got to the park we set up our tents and then went on a late afternoon boat ride on the Chobe River.
Cian, Dave, Kelly, Miriam and Bryan on the Chobe River cruise

A male Kudu, our favorite of all the African Antelope

Randy & Dave with Obit, our guide for the evening

The first group of many Elephants we saw on this cruise

Elephants in Chobe

A Nile Crocodile on the banks of the Chobe River

Hippos are the most dangerous of all the African wildlife, killing more people a year than any other animal as they are very territorial.  For that reason we were freaked out when we heard one behind our tent shortly after 1 am that evening.  Dave lay awake the rest of the night listening to them make their grunting noises.

A lone Maribou Stork

Enjoying the wildlife cruise in Chobe

The Chobe River.  Here it creates the border between Botswana and Namibia

More Elephants as they came down to drink at sunset

The beautiful landscape along the Chobe River

The sun setting over Namibia

Enjoying the sunset

The next morning we did a game drive in the park.  This is a Fish Eagle.

We were very excited to come across this pride of lions

A male Impala

The Turkey like Helmeted Guineafowl

A Male Baboon

Momma Baboon with a baby

This Elephant crossed the road right in front of us

A Lilac Breasted Roller

1 comment:

Meg said...

I just started looking at your photos (what, no email to let me know you updated the blog?!?! :)). Looks like you had an absolutely amazing trip. I love the sunset photo of you, the picture of you and your new friends with beers - the baboon and mom, and the hippos - they reminded me of our recent river ride at Disney. :) Thanks for posting them. I have to stop here for now and will look more later!