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Safari in Chobe National Park, Botswana

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New account of trip to Botswana and this time we make a day trip from Kasane to explore one of the Best National Parks in South Africa: Chobe. Let's go there.

When they left the room, only a few rays of sun rose over the horizon. A new early morning but we had risen with the energies to the fullest. It was a special day on the trip because we were going to do a Chobe National Park safari.

As we were not traveling with a 4 × 4 and with a normal car you cannot drive through the park, we decided to hire the full day excursion at our hotel, which started at six in the morning. Although it is more common to do a three-hour safari in the morning or in the afternoon, and the next day to do another, we prefer to condense the experience into a single morning and afternoon excursion. This option is not very popular, especially for the price, so we were totally alone in the car.

This animal is called "Chobe's chicken."

We quickly headed to the park entrance. Our driver parked for a moment and ran to get permission to enter. It was rush hour at the entrance of the park, since all excursions start at that time and everyone wants to be the first.

While we were entering the park our guide asked us what kind of animals we were interested in seeing. Although we are not big fans of wildlife or safaris, obviously we like animals, because if not, we would not have traveled to Africa. I mean we weren't obsessed to see each and every animal in the park. All we wanted was to sit comfortably in the car seat and let ourselves be surprised by nature.

People who do become obsessed are looking for famous big five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo), but is often disappointed because animals have their own will and are not always where they are sought. As a good friend says, when planning a trip it is better to go to see "stones", because you can be pretty sure that they will be there. On the contrary, with nature it is difficult to plan anything because she is at her pace.

At trip to Uganda and in the Khama Rhino safari We had already seen a great diversity of wildlife, but we had not been lucky enough to see lions or leopards up close. We told our guide and at that time he replied that maybe that day we could be in luck, because a few meters away, several safari cars were parked at one point. He went to where the other cars were and pointed us towards a bush where there were two lionesses lying in the shade.

It was early, but the sun was already tightening relentlessly. Our guide took out the binoculars and told us that the lionesses had just hunted and eaten, because they still had blood on their noses, and that they were so full that it was difficult for them to even breathe. While all the tourists who were gathered there shot them without stopping with our cameras, the guide continued to observe the riverbank with the binoculars. There were vultures flying over the area and scavengers that left the bones of the lioness prey without a hint of meat.

"Last night they hunted an elephant calf, probably to feed their young," the guide told us.

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