Moremi to Chobe National Park

On our Botswana safari we stayed in a mobile camp that moved as we moved. The drive from Moremi to the Savuti Channel in Chobe National Park was longer than usual due to flooded roads — the truck would have take the flooded road where the warden got stuck. To give the camp crew time to tear down the camp, move through the flooded road, drive to the new campsite, and set up camp for our arrival, we had the longest game drive of our safari.

We returned to where we saw the leopard guarding its impala the day before. Both the impala and leopard were gone. Our guide thought that other animals stole the kill from the leopard, because the leopard couldn’t move the impala by itself and the impala was gone.

This elephant approached our truck.

elephant coming toward us
elephant coming toward us
ornery male elephant
ornery male elephant

We watched this herd of elephants with babies. There are two baby elephants in this photo: one on the right in front of the elephant raising its trunk and a smaller one on the left in front of the left-most elephant.

elephants protecting babies
elephants protecting babies

The small baby elephant is covered with fine hair.

baby elephant
baby elephant

The elephants crossed the road behind our other land cruiser.

watching elephants
watching elephants

After the herd crossed the road, this elephant charged back and shook its head at us, as if to warn us not to follow them.

shaking its head at us
shaking its head at us

After our truck passed the flooded area, we drove to Chobe National Park. We stopped for lunch on the Khwai River. The African openbill feeds on snails and mussels. Its beak has a gap near the tip to make it easier to grasp and pry open snails and mussels.

openbill stork
African openbill

The openbill caught a snail and is pouring water out of the snail.

African openbill catching a snail
African openbill catching a snail

Chobe National Park has lots of elephants, even more later in the year when the grass dries up and the elephants head for water. This elephant got up close; this photo was taken at 275 mm with a full-frame camera, and the elephant nearly fills the frame.

elephant
elephant

As I was taking a photo of these crowned hornbills, one took flight.

crowned hornbill
crowned hornbill taking off

We finally pulled into camp near dusk, grateful for a place to clean up and get ready for dinner. The camp crew worked hard to get the camp ready for us, with hot water for showers.

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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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