Safari in Botswana and Chobe Chilwero

Our final destination was in Botswana.  As we approached the border we noticed hundreds of trucks lined up waiting for one of four ferries operating in the area to take them across. Some truckers have to wait up to two or three weeks to make the crossing if all of the ferries are not operating. We, however, were able to cross the river using two small speedboats which also carried our limited luggage. Tourism is important and we got the VIP treatment at immigration but truckers and their rigs were not so fortunate.

Waiting up to 2 weeks to cross the river into Botswana

Waiting up to 2 weeks to cross the river into Botswana

We got across in just a matter of an hour on our speed boats

We got across in just a matter of an hour on our speed boats

The name of our last lodge is named Chobe Chilwero and is situated high above the Chobe River with panoramic views across the islands and floodplains.  The thatched bungalows at Chobe were very comfortable and meals were served on the porch of the main lodge.  After a delicious pizza lunch cooked over a coal fire, we were all treated to a complimentary foot massage, which was wonderful.  Then that evening local dancers entertained us with some of their native dances.

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Veranda where we ate our meals

Veranda where we ate our meals

Fantastic pizza cooked over hot coals

Fantastic pizza cooked over hot coals

Relaxing foot massage for everyone

Relaxing foot massage for everyone

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The animals we saw on the game drive were some of the same ones we had seen before, but the drought in this area has been so severe and the animal population so dense that the park’s vegetation was in bad shape and the wildlife showed it.  We photographed lots of birds at Chobe.

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Fish Eagle

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Saturday afternoon mud bath

Saturday afternoon mud bath

That feels wonderful!!!

That feels wonderful!!!

The drought is so severe the animals take a siesta during the day

The drought is so severe the animals take a siesta during the day

Some of the animals have not been strong enough to survive

Some of the animals have not been strong enough to survive

Clean up crew

Clean up crew

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Baby elephant so dehydrated

Baby elephant so dehydrated

Going down to the river banks

Going down to the river banks

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Our last game drive was a riverboat trip on which we were able to get very close to the wildlife on the floodplains. The hippos and crocodiles were able to get close to us too. The sunset that night was particularly poignant as we left for home the next morning.

Watching the tourists in the river boat

Watching the tourists in the river boat

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Our last safari sunset

Our last safari sunset

Our wonderful traveling companions.  It was a great time enjoyed by ALL!

Our wonderful traveling companions. It was a great time enjoyed by ALL!

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