Even though it is 250 km from Elephant Sands to Kasane, it mostly through wildlife areas and you have plenty of opportunity to see game as you head up north.
We saw plenty of elephants and baboons; plus the threatened roan antelope and zebra. The highlight for Sue and I was to see the Chobe River. Water means so much for people who live in a desert.
We booked into The Old House (no camping on this trip). It is a very quaint hotel right on the banks of the river. In the past we have always made a point of having a lunch at it’s nice restaurant.
It was then off to the shops to get stocks. As it was Independence Day here in Botswana the bottle stores were closed, so this trip had become: no camping, Botswana in 3 days and with a very limited stock of lemonades.
We then headed to Chobe National Park, which, as normal, did not disappoint.
Heading along the river we saw plenty of elephants, kudu, sable antelope and buffalo.
One herd of elephants were having a mud bath, much to the delight of some of the youngsters.
It was the following morning’s game drive that turned out to be very special. We had just got down to the Chobe River in the park when we saw a few game drive vehicles stopped ahead. Trying to see what they were looking at, I was called forward by a ranger, who said I must pass him and look up tothe left as there were leopards.
A mother leopard was walking across a hillside with an oldish cub not too far back. Something caught my eye, another leopard was crossing the road just in front of the game drive vehicle I was behind. It was a second cub.
The mother lay down in a bush and the first cub was looking back, obviously, for its sibling. As the other cub approached, the first one crouched and took off, both cubs jumped in the air and collided in doing so. They played a bit before joining their mother.
Game viewing had once again been good and we were heading home when all of a sudden there was a loud trumpeting by an elephant.
I was watching what the elephant was going to do – something had annoyed it and I was hoping it wasn’t us – it was also far too close for comfort. Sue suddenly shouted look and there right in front of us was a lioness crossing the road.
I then realised what had upset the elephant. It is so nice not being the one being charged.
A second lioness then crossed. The two linked up and found a thick bush which they disappeared under. Maybe hiding from the elephant, or probably just finding a shady place to sleep.
Well 4 of the Big 5 in a mornings game drive was incredible, but the trip was not yet over. There was still the evening boat cruise to come…