Sunday, July 3, 2016

Botswana's Chobe National Park, Day 5

After a traditional African dinner at the nearby Boma restaurant, where the girls got their faces painted, we spent the next day touring Botswana's Chobe National Park by both land and river for some prime game spotting.

Climbing aboard the open air safari vehicle, we enjoyed a beautifully sunny day, with highs in the low 70s. Winter time in this part of Africa appeared to be blessedly dry and clear.

This guy below was sunning himself not too far from the tree with the nesting birds. It would have been snacktime if one had fallen from the nest.

And then we ran across this scene playing out, with lots of interest from the rest of the game spotting tourists, as you can see. A group of male lions, all around three years of ago, killed a juvenile elephant a couple days ago and have spent their time feasting and guarding it. 

Below is proof positive why tourists shouldn't strike out on their own and use caution in the wild at all times - two hippos hiding amongst the bushes. It's a national park, not a zoo with moats and iron bars. These goofy looking fellows are some of the most deadly creatures on the planet.

Why did the elephant cross the highway in Botswana? A better question is, who is gonna stop it?

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