Chobe National Park is known for its elephants. There are some 80,000 elephants in the park, and we saw a few hundred of them heading for a drink on the Chobe River during one of our game drives. There were elephants dotting the landscape in 180 degrees of land in front of us. We heard the trumpet of the mother elephant when disciplining their young. Baby elephants nurse until about four years of age, and we saw that a few times. We also found out that certain trees give them the runs, and got first hand account of that on video. Another elephant, who had just thrown some mud on his body, decided to shake it out right in front of me.
I have to split this post into a few parts because there are just so many photographs I would like to showcase!
Our five game drives kept our hearts content and full of love for nature. Everywhere we looked, there were amazing animals, though I was most impressed with all the elephants that wandered around. Overall, we saw at least 47 different animals, although this is probably a conservative number as there were a few that we didn’t take pictures of and/or don’t know the names of.
Chobe National Park was originally a game reserve created in 1960, and then was upgraded to national park in 1967. It is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers over 10,000 sq km.
Our first evening there was spent on a sundowner cruise. While on Chobe River, we had close encounters with elephants, hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles, and a variety of birds. The elephants paid no attention to us, and we were able to come about 20 feet up to the shore. We also saw them crossing the river to get back to higher grounds, where they usually spend their nights. We had to take a long detour on our way back to the dock as there were hungry hippos on both sides of the return channel.