16 June 2015
Yesterday we arrived at Thebe, a cabin/campsite based beside the Chobe River.
Much like Elephant Sands, this too felt like a place of discovery, my first being the local’s lager!
Then got my Western on.
I had opted to camp here, not only to save money but also because it’s something I’ve not experienced before, so after lunch I got straight on with pitching my tent:
After that, it was pretty much just a chill out day, so after a bit of shopping on the local markets we all went to dinner
And then got a reasonably early night in anticipation of this morning’s Dawn Drive through Chobe National Park!
The Dawn Drive was impressive, and I did get the chance to see a few things I haven’t seen before, but the driver ticked me off a bit. In spite of collecting us at 5:45am, the driver had no blankets on this freezing cold Botswana morning, and didn’t help the chill by driving 60-70kph the entire time! He also had pink eyes and quite slurred speech which didn’t help matters, however what did help was he’d just received a tip from his fellow Game Drivers that a pack of Lions had just made a kill! So off we went…
Also skulking in the area were Hyenas
All waiting for the lions to get complacent about their kill!
Drive done, we returned to Thebe where I had a little sleep and then went for a more traditional Botswana lunch
That’s rice (I needed a break from Papa), Seswaa (a reduced beefy broth, a lot like super-flavoursome pulled beef), and Morogo. Very tasty, especially the Seswaa!
After lunch, we went a brand new, exciting experience…
A River Safari!
Three hours whipping and bobbing alone the Chobe seeing the wildlife that surrounds it. This included
Don’t be alarmed, this guy is only yawning. But one look at that insanely size jaw is enough to remind you not to mess with these overly-territorial creatures! There was one moment when it seemed we got a little too close to another, and he dipped under the water only for us to see a Hippo-Sized ripple shoot from where he was towards the boat! Thank goodness the man behind the help was a quick thinker! We got away and didn’t look back.
We were even privileged enough to see a family being started!
I very much admired their commitment- they were floating all over the place.
And finally, to top the whole thing off, this wonderful experience concluded with a beautiful sunset.
Now I’m back at camp, preparing for another early start tomorrow as I leave Botswana and make my way to Thailand!
Bring it on.