On our Botswana safari, after the Chobe River cruise, we left the town of Kasane and headed back to Chobe National Park. As we turned on to the highway back to Chobe, this elephant was eating grass next to the road, acting as an advertisement for the park entrance 4 km away. Where does the 8,000 pound elephant eat? Where ever she wants to!
This elephant roaming the highway outside the park reminds me of a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, complaining that the deer are crossing the road where no deer crossing signs are posted, endangering drivers.
Back in the park, a tree of roosting storks next to the Chobe River.
We saw a double rainbow, formed by sunlight reflecting twice through raindrops.
And a rainbow over this impala herd.
A pair of red lechwe,
While we were enjoying the antics of dung beetles, the driver of our other truck radioed to tell us about lions. We sped off. We found a pride of contented lions.
Folks in the other truck have photos of lion cubs with red around their mouths, but we arrived too late to see this.
On our Botswana safari, after driving along the Chobe River in the morning, we took a river cruise in the afternoon. From the water we saw more animals than from land, and we were able to approach closer. Here are some larger animals from our cruise.
This cape buffalo wading in the river seemed calmer than ones we encountered on land.
The Nile crocodile can grow to 6 meters. This crocodile was lounging on the river bank, posing for tourists in the passing boats.
This crocodile also let our boat approach. This photo was taken with a 400 mm lens, without cropping. The head nearly filled the frame.
This crocodile showed us its teeth.
This hippo lounged in the river, providing a resting spot for storks.
On our Botswana safari, after driving along the Chobe River in the morning, we took a cruise on the river in the afternoon. From the water we saw more animals than from land, and we were able to approach closer. During the morning game drive, we saw glimpses of a large lizard rushing away, but we saw the Nile monitor much better during our cruise.
This Nile monitor is walking along the shore, smelling with its extended tongue. The Nile monitor runs fast, climbs trees, and swims.
In the following sequence, a Nile monitor is digging in the soft sand, perhaps looking for crocodile eggs.
On our Botswana safari, after driving along the Chobe River in the morning, we took a cruise on the river in the afternoon. From the water we saw more animals than from land, and we were able to approach closer. Here are the birds from our river cruise.
This bee eater (it eats bees) is gorgeous!
The African darter and reed cormorant both dive for fish. They sun themselves frequently to dry off between dives. The feathers of the African darter don’t contain oil, so the feathers get waterlogged if they aren’t dried off often. The African darter is also called a snakebird because the head and neck looks like a snake when it swims.
A pair of water thick-knees walk along the shore.
With its long legs and toes, the African jacana walks on floating lily pads. We also saw them in the Okavango Delta.
On our Botswana safari, we drove along the Chobe River on our first morning in Serondella area of the Chobe National Park. In April we saw a lot of wildlife along the river. Later in the dry season, the animals increase near the river as the surrounding land dries up and the game migrates to the waters of the Chobe River.
In the first light of dawn, these hippos have sunlight reflecting from their ears.
Seeking wildlife, we drove on a dirt road covered by the river. See the crocodiles in the river waiting for thirsty animals to drink in the morning.
And, of course, the obligatory African fish eagle and a lilac-breasted roller.
Giraffes are vulnerable when they bend over to lick salt or drink.
On our Botswana safari, the next day we moved to another part of Chobe National Park, the Serondella area. Compared to the Savuti Channel, the Serondella area is closer to the Chobe River, with more elephants.
Yet another African fish eagle. We like fish eagles, which are similar to the American bald eagle.
Dwarf mongooses sunning themselves in the morning.
In the still waters of the early morning, the reflection of a tree with yellow-billed storks.
We visited a site with drawing of African animals, where our guide told us about the native San people and some of their customs.
A black-backed jackal approaching a large, bleached bone as big as the jackal.
The bushbuck is a mediums-sized antelope with sharp horns.
In the afternoon we saw the Chobe River. A grey heron and sacred ibis.
The Chobe River is quite wide. Below, an elephant feeding on water plants.
The river provides water and supports much wildlife.
The cape buffalo has never been domesticated and kills or gores over 200 people a year. This cape buffalo looks quite stern. We quickly moved on.
Baboons are cute and fun to watch, especially the babies. Babies can hang on for a ride below or sit on top.
We encountered this elephant at sunset and kept rolling back to camp. This elephant approached us as we drove by, which is unusual.