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Jan 31, 2014 - Hello from the Bush

For two days, we'll take morning and afternoon jeep drives into home of one of the world's largest elephant populations--50,000--but likely also see hippos, giraffe, and hopefully zebra migration. We'll meet new birds--bustards, plovers, rollers, and bee-eaters around our Baobab Lodge.

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Oct 10, 2013 - Botswana and my short, illegal trip to Namibia

Thursday, Oct 10. Leaving Zambia, arriving Botswana. HOT and sunny. Since our driver to Botswana wasn't picking us up until 9:00am, we had time for breakfast this morning. Chi-chi, the driver arrived on time and it was just the 2 of us going in the van. Because it's just about 2 hours to the Chobe National Park in Botswana, we're not flying but being driven there. During the drive, Chi-chi told us a lot about Zambia and the villages we see along the way. He's working with some of the schools in the area to bring children's books in English...

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Jul 21, 2013 - Savute Day 3

Today is our last full day in Chobe National Park. We started the day super early, at 6:40 and went out on our last attempt to find the leopard. We immediately saw the three male lions from yesterday, just strolling around marking territory. They are huge, thank gosh they were not concerned with our truck being ten feet away. Then as we were cruising Robert heard impala making a lot of noise. That apparently meant there was danger in the area. Of course, we went chasing after the danger. We sped off-road to find the leopard. I don't know...

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Jul 20, 2013 - Savute Day 2

Today is our first full day at Savute Elephant camp. We wake up to start our morning safari at 7 am. The bumps made it impossible to fall asleep, even though we were super exhausted. The first hour we didn't see much besides impala and some elephant. Once the sun rose the animals came out and we saw giraffes, zebras, buffalo, wildebeest and other animals. After a while we came across a wounded hyena. It was actually really sad because half of its ear was ripped out and our guide, Watch, told us he wasn't sure if he would survive the night....

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Africa 2013

Jul 19, 2013 - Savute Elephant Camp Day 1

We were actually allowed to sleep in today because it was our last morning at Xaxaba. Claire and I blasted music in our hut as we scrambled to pack up. We should really be more organized, lesson learned. We had breakfast and watched the staff scold the baboons for stealing sugar. I personally thought they were adorable but apparently they are VERY naughty. The last meal was bittersweet, I was excited to continue on but I had had a lot of fun there. At around noon we went to the airstrip to wait for our plane to take us to our next camp,...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Day 152 to 153 - Chobe...Sunset central

It was time to leave Zambia before our visas ran out. Driving to the car ferry from Livingstone, we were stopped at a roadblock by a guy wearing a visi vest asking for payment of a local council tax. "What bollocks" Jason said, nonplussed. "What is bollocks?" Mr Visi vest answered. "Rubbish. Crap. A laugh. A joke. I'm not paying and if you don't like it call the police". With that we drove off leaving visi vest man in a cloud of dust. Five minutes later we came to another road block. This one had a posse of uniformed policemen who waved us...

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5 African Hornes

May 9, 2012 - A day in Chobe

Up in the dark and onto a 4x4 for an early morning game drive. In the first ten minutes we spy a pride of lions and cubs playing around. Many Impala, Springbok, Kudu, Cape Buffalo, Warthog, Elephants and lots of birds. We are lucky again to see a male lion sitting sunning himself. He very kindly gets up, stretches and wanders away giving us some great photo opportunities. Can only see hippos in the distance – just their noses sticking out of the water – hope at some stage we can see one on land. Back to camp for breakfast – Sofie treating...

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May 8, 2012 - A day of border crossings and contraband

Unfortunately it is an early start so we don’t get to lie in and make maximum use of the beds. 700 plus kms to do today plus four border crossings. We exit Botswana, enter Namibia – Anna and Sofie do some shopping and return to the truck. The newly bought vegetables and fruit are hidden all around the truck, as there may be a search when we re-enter Botswana. It seems Anna has a rather long running battle with the lady at the northern Botswana border. Anna says ‘she never seems to take a day off’. When we arrive at the border we go and do...

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Nov 10, 2011 - One more Game Drive

Elaine, Dick and Al booked a morning game drive in hopes of seeing cats. Other tourists had commented on seeing cats on the morning drive. They left early at six in anticipation of getting lucky so to speak. I decided to stay behind for some me time. Al sometimes plans to much. I sat by the Chobe River writing and entering journals until they returned at nine thirty. Elephants as well as a hippo across the river on land entertained me.  Boy did they come back excited to tell their stories of the spectacular leopard sighting. Photos to prove...

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Nov 9, 2011 - Chobe River Safari; a BIG HIT!

The boat cruise was booked through the lodge so it left right from the river front with our private guide, Iain, and boat big enough to hold way more people. It had a roof to help keep me from the sun. Perfect! The boat is such a peaceful way to view wildlife around and in the river. It is a motor boat but he goes very slowly so as not to disturb the wildlife. We settle in immediately with  our binoculars, cameras and lenses galore ready for anything and everything.  During the dry season the animals congregate around the river. First off,...

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Nov 8, 2011 - Rest Day But Not Really

As usual I can't sleep in. The heat doesn't help. Before seven I am seated at the restaurant table overlooking the Chobe River sipping coffee while writing my journal. It was hard to stay focused on my writing when elephants bathed directly across from us. This time of day is the most pleasant temperature wise so Dick and I decide to walk to a nearby grocery shop called Chopies to top of breakfast supplies before the others wake up.  As our rest day progresses Al decides to book an afternoon game drive today instead of tomorrow. Some rest...

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Nov 7, 2011 - Botswana Bound

With the decision made to get to Chobe National Park  one day ahead of schedule we evacuated this heat infused place. Without air con we could not stay for the two nights we had pre-booked. We didn't care if we could't get a refund. We knew the border crossing could add some time to our already long day. The low grade road out of Namashasha Lodge took us an hour to inch our way along the washboard, gravel surface. Again the highlight is watching the villagers along the way. Children in uniform walking to school looked so cute as we dusted...

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