Chobe Chilwero Lodge near Kasane, Botswana, Saturday, May 1, 2010
After another very early breakfast, we went on a game drive in Chobe National Park, which the hotel borders on. The game animals are not as plentiful here as in the Okavango Delta, and there are lots of tour jeeps from various lodges. No lions, but we did see lots of giraffes and elephants, as well as impala and Cape Buffalo. The birds are gorgeous here.
We had a delicious lunch and a good nap before setting off on another river cruise which was spectacular. We got a close look at a crocodile basking in the sun on the shore, several elephants and a Cape Buffalo. The buffalo wanted to wallow in the mud at the shoreline and take a nap, while the elephants just walked right by him to get big drinks using their trunks to suck up the water and put it in their mouths. Then they showered themselves, dug a big hole, and really wallowed in the mud, going down on their sides and wiggling around for quite awhile before getting back up on their feet again. There were several hippos in the water, and later we saw two lionesses drinking at the water's edge. Wow! But the icing on the cake was on the drive back to the lodge where we watched two young leopards in the grass at the side of the road - brother and sister - about a year old and now on their own, tussling in the grass and running around. It was dark, but another car had a spotlight and kept them in view. We were told this was a highly unusual thing to see!