From the border Sesheke/Katima Mulilo we went on to Etosha National Parc. The experience was not comparable with Chobe National Parc in Botswana, but yet we had a nice time and a lot of animal sightings.
From Botswana to Zambia we had to cross the Zambezi River. The short trip on Kazungula Ferry brought us to the border where we had to do all the paperwork and payments…an interesting experience! On the way to Livingston we already noticed that it was very dry…we were really looking forward to Victoria Falls with a thundering mist (In Zambia the Falls are called „Mosi-oa-Tunya“ – smog of the thunder!). But when we arrived we could hardly believe what we saw…alsmost no water! Only a small trickle…On the Zimbabwean side of the Falls we could see the white mist of the falling water…but it was too far away to impress. Slightly disappointed we decided to make the best of it and walk on the edge of the falls 😉
The rest of our stay in Zambia we spent at the pool of the Maramba River Lodge. A little break to wash some clothes, making plans for the next days and just relaxe a little bit before we moved on to Namibia!
Today I show you the last part of Chobe National Parc – the amazing elephants! At any point of the journey I stopped counting because there were so many of these wonderful grey giants. It was simply wonderful to observe them at the water, playing in the mud or running across the savanna. Just on the way out of the parc we found a group of lions lying in the shade, with fat bellys that the could hardly breath…a few meters further we found the reason why: They killed a baby elephant…the vultures and marabous fighted for the left-overs. Sad but natural…
Ihaha is one of the Campsites inside the national parc, so we had a whole day to drive around and enjoy the beautiful wildlife in Chobe. Driving around was not always that easy because of animals crossing our way. We had to wait a long time until a huge herd of buffalos passed by to reach the river. And that was not the last experience with the buffalos this day… in the night at Ihaha Campsite we woke up from a indefinable noise. When we looked out of our tents we saw hundreds of buffalos crossing the river – wow! On the other side of the river (Namibia) there were huge fires 😦 Later on our journey we learned that a lot of fields are set on fire to make the ground more fertile. So let’s hope that it was just another field burning and no area in the wild.
When we saw our first twiga (suaheli for giraffe) everybody was like wooow…then we saw more and more and it got quiet normal that these beautiful animals are walking around everywhere. But in Chobe National Parc the woooow came back when we observed them at the water, drinking and eating grass from the ground…fascinating! Another great thing to watch is that giraffes are taxi and restaurant for some little birds…they pick the bugs out of the giraffes skin – a win-win situation 😉
One of the best national parcs in Africa! I cannot describe how impressed I was…hundreds of elephants, giraffes, we even saw lions! And because I have sooo many pictures, I decided to split it a little bit.
The following pictures show the way to Linyanti where we got stuck in the deep sand…in a leopard and elephant area 😛 Very exciting to dig up the toyota with wild animals around us! Finally and after many more deep sand roads we made our way to Linyanti and found a herd of elephants crossing the chobe river right next to our camp! In the night we heard them trumpeting and when we woke up we found huge footprints only a few meters away from our car.
From Linyanti we drove through a sandy 😀 area to Muchenje where we spent another night before we went again into the national parc for another great safari day with so many animals!!!
On the way from Kubu to Maun we passed a national monument of Botswana – one of the biggest baobab trees. We saw the first elephant and I promise you no one would have thought that there will be hundreds more of them! Flying over the Okanvango Delta was another highlight, we saw giraffes, elephants, buffalos, hippos and even a group of rhinos with a baby from above! Despite all the animals I really enjoyed this gorgeous landscape ♥ On the way to Chobe national parc we passed another group of elephants, almost perfecty camouflaged but spotted anyway 😉 The giraffes on the way didn’t care much about our car…eating was more important.
Take a closer look to find Stephan and to see how big this tree really is 😉