One thing that has been part of our trip ever since we arrived in Botswana, was stopping over in sanitation checkpoints. We have done it many times as far as I can remember. More like a routine really. In every checkpoints, everyone had to go out of their vehicle. Place the soles of their shoes on a mat soaked with disinfectant. Peter once explained to us that the country’s main export is meat. So these checkpoints are essential in order to prevent hoof and mouth disease. We did it again for the last time after an overnight stay in Planet Baobab Camp.
Our next destination was in a small town of Kasane. Located in the north-eastern part of Botswana. Kasane is only a few hours away from Africas “Four Corners”…. where 4 countries almost meet. The plan was to stay for 2 days before crossing border to the neighboring country of Zambia. We came to this place to do another game. This time in Chobe National Park. Considered to be one of the most popular reserve. After lunch, we went on to do the river safari. Next day, some of us did the optional early morning game drive before leaving Botswana.
Chobe National Park
Our adventure began with a river cruise. Something I was looking forward to. Safari by river was definitely a unique experience I’ve ever had. Unlike sitting in a truck for hours, we were in a boat which I find more comfortable and spacious. And instead of watching animals gather around a watering hole, you get to see them along the river. There was plenty of time for wildlife viewing so we weren’t in a hurry to get anywhere.
First I spotted 3 hippos near our boat. Mostly submerged. Only their eyes, nostrils and ears were visible. Then came the elephants. Lots of them in groups as always. Some with their babies drinking and bathing along the river. Not only elephants, but herds of buffaloes and other animals as well. Hundreds of photos taken that day. Over 600 I think. Our river safari ended with a spectacular sunset.
Early morning game drive
At 6 am we ventured by truck back to Chobe National Park. I really wanted to see a rhino. Which is very rare at the moment. Our guide had informed us that there are only two rhinos residing in the park. So the chances of seeing one was one in a million. Once again the elephants dominated our view. But there were also other animal species on sight. Baboons, springbok, giraffe & warthogs. We also spotted a lioness 200 meters away from our vehicle.
Chobe has one of the highest concentration of game on the African continent. In addition to this, the area is known for being inhabited by almost 50000 elephants. It is also Botswana’s first national park and is the third largest in the country.