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Game Viewing at Chobe

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A June 1998 trip to Botswana by Peregrine

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Quote: I spent three days in Chobe National Park sitting among elephants, staring down Cape buffalo, and being chased by hippos. At times, I felt like I was part of a wildlife documentary, at others, just part of the wild.

Game Viewing at Chobe

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Chobe National Park covers 11,700 sq. km of northern Botswana and is noted for its elephants. For three days, we spent six hours a day either in a jeep or a boat watching the drama, pathos, and comedy of life in the wild. Since my only previous experience with game drives was via television, seeing the “pop-top” vans and thundering herds of game across the Kenyan plain, you can imagine my surprise when I found myself in an open jeep sitting in the middle of an elephant herd and boating close enough to crocodiles to touch them (no, I didn’t). We stayed at the Chobe Game Lodge, the only lodge inside the Park boundaries, though there are several safari lodges and tented camps outside the P...Read More

Silverleaf's Seaside

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Hotel | "Chobe Game Lodge"

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Even in the lap of luxury (Liz Taylor and Richard Burton spent honeymoon #2 here) there are rules. Don’t leave the windows and doors to your room open because the monkeys will get in and trash it. Don’t pet the warthogs, they just look cute, but those tusks mean business. Then there are more subtle reminders that you have left civilization behind. The monkeys who leap onto your breakfast table to steal fruit, the night noises you can’t quite identify, the stories you hear in the bar, like the guide who told us the closest she had come to being killed by an elephant was when she walked right into a large bull while making her way to the dining room one evening. Oops! I must admit I ke...Read More

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Galveston, Texas
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The Dawn Patrol

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My backside hitting the cold metal of the jeep’s seat did more to wake me up than coffee. One tends to think of Africa as hot. Well, it is in summer, but we were here in May (winter in the southern hemisphere) and the pre-dawn chill, compounded by being in an open jeep, made me very glad we had warm jackets, several layers of sweaters, hats, and gloves. After my first encounter with the metal seat, I was also grateful for our driver’s thoughtful pile of warm blankets. As the sun rose, I could empathize with the baboons sitting in patches of sunlight, all facing the rising sun, thawing out from the cold night like some religious gathering. Our morning drives started in lobby of the Lod...Read More

Lazing on the Chobe River

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We had a little bass boat to skim us along the Chobe River after lunch every day. First day out, we were barely past the Lodge grounds before we watched our first drama unfold. Three pied kingfishers took on a monitor lizard trying to steal eggs from their nests (which are actually holes in the side of the riverbank). We watched the lizard dig into the hole while the kingfishers dive-bombed him with their formidable beaks. They fought the good fight, but, unfortunately, the lizard won. On to the hippos and our second drama. The river was full of them, lazing mid-stream, only eyes and ears above the waterline (remember the Jungle ride at Disneyland?). We passed family groups wading i...Read More

Afternoons with the Elephants

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When we were rough-housing as kids, my mother used tell us we sounded like a herd of elephants. I doubt she realized the compliment. The eles (pronounced Ellie) we encountered were quiet, regal and stately. They stand and sway a bit. Make an occasional “whoof” of air, a twitch of the tail or one of their enormous, almost translucent ears, which act as a cooling system. When they walk, it’s with a slow grace, though they can run at a good clip when necessary. Our first encounter, however, wasn’t all that quiet. Our jeep inadvertently separated two halves of a migrating herd and one young fellow took exception to this state of affairs and headed toward us, trumpeting away. Fortunately,...Read More