S: Chobe National Park, Botswana
BC: Now we must leave this amazing place and head to our next stop... Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
FC: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
1: Trek to Botswana | jeep + bus + plane + bus + feet + bus = Entabeni Game Reserve to Chobe Safari Lodge
2: An open jeep ride on 4WD roads at 4 am... oh, and it was bitterly cold, too! | Walking through hoof & mouth disease disinfectant while crossing the Zimbabwe/Botswana border. Seeing our first herd of elephants strolling along the side of the road. Unbelievably amazing! | Unforgettable Moments from the Journey | Dancers at Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe
3: Chobe Safari Lodge our home for the next few days
4: taken from our hotel room balcony | Vervet Monkeys
5: knock...knock...can I come in? He's at our balcony door.
6: Game drive at Chobe National Park; it has the largest wildlife concentration in Africa
7: Watching the giraffes eating grass was fascinating. (who would have thought being tall had disadvantages?) | The Giraffe (Laurie's favorite)
8: Ancient Romans called giraffes 'camelopards'; they thought its overall body shape resembled a camel, but it had markings like a leopard. | Necking to giraffes doesn't mean what you think... Males sometimes spar by swinging their heads at one another, which can entwine their necks.
11: An adult giraffe may consume up to 140 pounds of foliage a day.
12: The Warthog (Mike's favorite)
13: Who would have imagined we'd be walking around with warthogs?
14: The Baboon
15: Play time | Nap time
16: It was really interesting to see the different interactions within the 'troop'.
18: Cape Buffalo | They are mean! | Beware of Buffalo | They kill more game hunters than any other animal. (sounds fair, doesn't it?)
19: impala | kudu | topi | waterbuck | Antelope | sable | There are 75 species of antelope in Southern Africa.
20: Where the buffalo roam... | Cape Buffalo
21: and deer and the antelope play... | Sable Antelope
22: The African Elephant
23: Contrary to popular belief, elephants do not like peanuts. | African elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet.
24: You lookin' at me? | Getting a drink | Don't come any closer!
25: When frightened, , elephants spread out their ears to look bigger and trumpet to scare you off. We saw plenty of ears out, but only heard a few trumpets.
26: Elephants are very destructive; they pull down trees to eat the leaves, break branches and pull out roots,. Eventually the tree dies. Once an area is decimated, they migrate to another area and start all over again. Meanwhile, the destroyed area regenerates. | Habitat Destruction | That's a termite mound!
29: I can't believe I ate the whole thing. | 1 2 3 Greater blue-earted starling
31: There are over 900 species of birds in Southern Africa. I think we saw at least half - it was fantastic! | Yellow-billed stork takes flight.
32: African Fish Eagle
33: His roar can be heard from 5 miles away. | The Lion
34: Lionesses are better hunters than males and do most of the hunting for a pride.
35: Coffee break! We're bundled up - it was freezing!
36: They say crocodiles are meaner than alligators, but nobody volunteered to test out that theory.
37: Going for a swim
38: The Hippopotamus the 3rd largest land animal after elephants and rhinos
39: They have a symbiotic relationship with birds. Yuck! | With no sweat glands, hippos keep cool in the water or in mud.
41: It's the fifth largest feline in the world; black ones are called panthers. | The Leopard | Disclaimer: These aren't actual photos that we took. Our encounter with the leopard was at night in the headlights of the jeep and we couldn't get a picture.
42: Chobe River Cruise... looking back at Chobe Safari Lodge
43: The Tree of Life | The Baobab tree is called the Tree of Life because it can contain over 1,000 gallons of water, its bark can be used to make rope and cloth, the leaves are edible, and its hollowed-out trunks provide shelter for up to 40 people. The fruit is a food source, as well as used for medicinal purposes.