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.
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.
The small baby elephant is covered with fine hair.
The elephants crossed the road behind our other land cruiser.
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.
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.
The openbill caught a snail and is pouring water out of the 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.
As I was taking a photo of these crowned hornbills, one took flight.
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.