I went on my first safari! It’s across the border at the Chobe National Park in Botswana. It’s the oldest and second largest national park in Botswana. It has the highest population of elephants in southern Africa. It was really cool! We saw many crocodiles on the river cruise in the morning part of the safari. During the game drive, we saw many impalas, warthogs and elephants; some giraffes and antelopes; and a zebra. There were also many colorful birds and including scary looking vultures that perch on treetops. Since it is the dry season, it is indeed very dry! Most of the park is sand-based. Many animals can be found drinking from the watering hole. Animals also swim to the small island, called Sedudu Island, in the middle of the Chobe River to graze on grass. Many water buffalo, impalas, and some antelopes can be seen on the island. Hippos like to stay near the bank to manage their body heat. We saw several crocodiles sunbathing and a couple swimming below the surface of the water. Crocodiles grow about 10cm per year and can grow over 5 feet long!
We had a really cool guide on the river cruise, with a fantastic, dry sense of humor. I would really like to have a pocket-size version of the guide to take along with me for commentary on various things.
It’s an awesome feeling to see the great big animals in the wild. I was happily surprised to see so many giraffes. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any giants such as lions, but hopefully one day. I can’t wait to return with more proper equipment, such as binoculars and an actual camera!