Chobe National Park, Botswana

Leaving Zambia behind, Zambezi River, Botswana

Leaving Zambia behind, Zambezi River, Botswana

I crossed the Zambezi River once more and for the last time. Leaving Zambia on high emotions and with great memories, I was looking forward to new adventures in Botswana. I met Groupo Italiano at the border and headed our way towards Kasane. A 13 vehicle convoy caused a traffic jam and a head ache for me. Back and forth, changing money, shopping and so on.

Sunset over the Chobe River, Botswana

Sunset over the Chobe River, Botswana

The sun was setting and I was desperate to get to the river for some sunset shots. We eventually sat up camp at ‘Chobe Safari Lodge’, a rather fancy and clean Lodge with a relatively spacious campground.

Stripped mongoose on the lookout, Kasane, Chobe River, Botswana

Stripped mongoose on the lookout, Kasane, Chobe River, Botswana

A group off striped mongoose ravaged the grounds,

Mongoose scavenging through leafs, Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

Mongoose scavenging through leafs, Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

scavenging  and searching for food of all kinds.

Gentle touch in Namibia, Chobe River

Gentle touch in Namibia, Chobe River

Elephants were peacefully  grazing on the Namibian side off the Zambezi, a fair way out.

Another boat passes by on Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

Another boat passes by on Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

The river was busier then Amsterdam’s channel maze.

Sunset in black and white, birds passing the sun on Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

Sunset in black and white, birds passing the sun on Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

Tour operators took plenty of tourists on a sunset cruise, a touch too busy and noisy for my liking.

Sun setting over Namibia’s elephants on the Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

Sun setting over Namibia’s elephants on the Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

It was hard to take photos without boats,

Waves curling over the surface, Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

Waves curling over the surface, Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

but the waves sure gave some medium to the picture.

Colourful Planet Sun, Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

Colourful Planet Sun, Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

The sun set low again, giving it another yellow, then purple glare. Still breathtaking to view. 

Just spectacular, Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

Just spectacular, Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana

Frederica was busy again setting up kitchen and started cooking. There was a really happy vibe all around. Seems that the new arrivals were ready for an adventure with old friends. It wasn’t long until it was ‘Spritzer time’. Frederica saved me a glass as I arrived late. Bless. I was up early again and agreed to go shopping for Claudio’s menu. This will save some time on our way to ‘Linyanti Camp’ in ‘Chobe National Park’. Following the Zambezi River south in to the flood plains, it became obvious how human technology and nature’s ecology can live side by side.

Domestic and wild grazers, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Domestic and wild grazers, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Zebras grazing with cattle over the flood plain was a welcoming sight to see.

Giant Baobab trees along the swamps in Chobe National Park,Okavango Delta, Botswana

Giant Baobab trees along the swamps in Chobe National Park,Okavango Delta, Botswana

Plenty of acacia trees lined the swamp foreshore, and then there is always a Baobab tree not far. We drove off the tarmac shortly after on yet another dusty sand track. I was second last of the convoy, Giancarlo was behind me.

Giancarlo and wife Nelly, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Giancarlo and wife Nelly, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

I followed the tyre tracks and gave plenty of space between Guido’s car, just too much dust filled the air. Being late afternoon already, the dark soft sand gotten even softer, giving Zimba and Giancarlo a run for their money. Giancarlo’s Landrover got stuck first, Zimba’s winch was needed. Then it was my turn. The track was literally dug out by tyre action, no chance to pick up speed. I deflated my tyres to the minimum. This really was a soft, slow going track.

Lagoon in the desert, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Lagoon in the desert, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Quite a few waterholes  around, but no wildlife unfortunately. No sign of the rest of Italians, I wondered how they gotten through. Until the moment, Claudio and co showed up behind us. ‘We had a lunch break’ Claudio said to my surprised face. ‘We tried to UHF Giancarlo, but there was no reply’. Giancarlo and I had our own fun’ I replied.

Termite occupied trees, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Termite occupied trees, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Meanwhile we were in a forest area, termite mounds covered higher standing trees. Termite channels underground can reach up to 40 meters in length.

Driving dust tracks, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Driving dust tracks, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

We drove on in dusty fashion and it wasn’t too much longer before we reached the ‘Linyanti entrance gate’. We all needed to sign in. The lady behind the counter wasn’t impressed by my topless appearance. I was first in and first out.

Happy elephants in Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Happy elephants in Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Lucky for me as a herd off elephants blocked the way.

Photo bombed by an elephant, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Photo bombed by an elephant, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Coming towards me, I wasn’t sure how they react to to vehicles.

Placid by pass, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Placid by pass, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

There was no agitated behaviour at all. In fact, I believe they couldn’t care less.

Careless lunch, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Careless lunch, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

I could even see them smiling as some passed by Zimba.

Dumbo by himself, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Dumbo by himself, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

A tiny offspring was roaming by itself on the 2 wheel track,

Photo bombed by an elephant, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Photo bombed by an elephant, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

adults crossing  right to left and left to right in front of me.

Elephant cuddlxs, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephant cuddlxs, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

They appeared very attached to each other and enjoyed an elephant cuddle. Oh so cute to watch.

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According to Claudio’s experience during the booking process, this camp was supposed to be booked out. We were the only ones there. We had all the camping space to use in front of the Linyanti Marsh, yet all Italian vehicles cramped in to one campsite. Once European, always European I guess?

Termite occupied trees, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Termite occupied trees, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

I took my OM-D to explore the area.

Elephant power, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephant power, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

This sandy forest has its own beauty.

Elephant vs croc prints, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephant vs croc prints, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

There were clear signs of elephant visits around the camp, this one was big. My croc print appeared tiny in comparison. The hippos were heard, but no large animal was to be seen.

A squirrel lost his nuts, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

A squirrel lost his nuts, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

The squirrel on the lookout looked cute though.

Sunset over Linyanti swamp, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Sunset over Linyanti swamp, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

The sunset again was amazing. Reflecting over the swamp, just magic.

Sun fading over Linyanti swamp, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Sun fading over Linyanti swamp, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

I set up camp in an empty plot, but joined later for fasta pasta with presto pesto. Viva la cuzhina!

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