on July 28, 2006
Chobe National Park is home to the largest herd of elephants in Africa. Literally thousands of them live there. On our morning game viewing drive in Chobe park, we saw exactly zero. But, if you want to see elephants, the time to see them is late afternoon, down by and in the river. On our evening cruise along the river we saw hundreds of elephants that had come to the river to eat, cool off, and play. There were several family groups of about a dozen each along the shore, and hundreds stretched out all along the shallow parts of the river, many eating the marshy grasses.We rode in an excursion boat with seats for about 50 people or so on the shaded main deck. There was also a smaller upper level observation deck which could only take about 15 people at a time. There was a cash bar at the back of the boat, and a couple guides to help point out animals and explain some of their behaviours. It was never anything like a drunken booze-cruise, just a very pleasant evening and they make the drinks available for those who want to buy them. Besides our two kids, there were other families with small children, also.Besides the elephants, we also saw hippos, crocodiles, African fish eagles, and buffalo, as well as a very beautiful sunset behind profiles of elephants.
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