Northern Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephant back parade, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephant back parade, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Leaving Maun, I opted to drive north via Chobe National Park. I had a few more days spare on my visa and wanted to explore the Kasane Region, well famed for its wildlife sightings. Having spent a night in Kasane whilst traversing north to south a few weeks back, I knew it would be busy, but hoped for the best. The ‘Savuti channel’ is a geological phenomenon. Even a few years back, after record floods in this region, this water channel stayed dry. As in other years, when floods waters weren’t so high, the ‘Savuti channel’ gathers water.  Experts believe that tectonic earth movement is the cause for this channel to fill up with water or not. It has been dry for a few years now.

Hippo family out off water, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Hippo family out of the water, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Other permanent waterholes still hold large numbers off hippos.

Hippos in sepia, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Hippos in sepia, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

This family enjoyed a sunbath in the middle of the day.

Family discussion, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Family discussion, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Things got just a little bit heated.

Happy feeding youngster, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Happy feeding youngster, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Avoiding elephants is simply impossible on this stretch. Numerous times, small herds or families gathered close to the track.

Youngster leads the way, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Youngster leads the way, Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The bright light and white sands are ideal for black and white shadow photos when looking towards the suns.

Photo from the left, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Photo from the left, Chobe National Park, Botswana

On other occasions, it provides detailed facial expressions.

Photo from up front, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Photo from up front, Chobe National Park, Botswana

This young bull was standing very close to the road,

Photo from the right, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Photo from the right, Chobe National Park, Botswana

rotating his head and body perfectly within the rays spectrum.

Detailed complexion, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Detailed complexion, Chobe National Park, Botswana

I really do like the complexion on these photos. From a very detailed lining to dark black shadows, into a greyish and white area.

From black to white, Chobe National Park, Botswana

From black to white, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Even the bright white sunny area appears to be endless.

Teardrop?, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Teardrop?, Chobe National Park, Botswana

There is a white spot on the corner of his eye, which looks unusual, but again, adds to the whole picture.

Munching, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Munching, Chobe National Park, Botswana

He appeared to be modeling in front of my lens.

Photo from the back, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Photo from the back, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Photos from all angles, just fantastic.

It’s a hot day, Chobe National Park, Botswana

It’s a hot day, Chobe National Park, Botswana

I guess, he was just happy munching on dry grass,

Gentle elephant crossing, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Gentle elephant crossing, Chobe National Park, Botswana

before he eventually and carefully crossed the tarmac.

Calf always cross last and finish first, too cute, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Calf always cross last and finish first, too cute, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The rest of the gang followed shortly after.

Outback track, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Outback track, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Driving this outback red soft sand track, I realised early, that I won’t make it to Kasane today.

Baobab country, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Baobab country, Chobe National Park, Botswana

I opted to camp in between Baobab and Acacia trees, well off the beaten track.

Sun is setting lower over umbrella accacia trees, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Sun is setting lower over umbrella acacia trees, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The fire was blazing, as a crackling sound came from the nearby bushes. It was clearly heard as the wind dropped completely. The sound of the fire was the only noise. It really is an exciting and overwhelming sound in the middle of nowhere on a pitch black night. Every now and then, I could hear that rumbling sounds of an elephant. They passed me in peaceful motion.

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The northern corner off ‘Chobe National Park’, along the Chobe River, was plentiful with a few things. The birdlife was incredibly abundant and playful, that even I was smitten. 

Impala grazing early morning, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Impala grazing early morning, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Impalas were seen almost anywhere, and then there are elephants of course.

Elephant catwalk in black and white, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephant catwalk in black and white, Chobe National Park, Botswana

This brings in tourists by the hundreds and makes peaceful wildlife watching impossible on the afternoon sunset tour.

Hard task to shoot photos without vehicles, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Hard task to shoot photos without vehicles, Chobe National Park, Botswana

At some stage, there were 6 Safari vehicles in front of me, and another 6 behind. Cutting off animals tracks and my views with the OM-D, driving way to close to the animals. Just like a fashion store on summer sales, courtesy had gone out the window. One asked me to pull him out of the soft sand, as others didn’t care or had recovery tools. No cats had been spotted that day, that would have created a rush-hour jam. Hippos seemed rather calm and relaxed around humans. This little family did their usual pop up and down again, in a very small pond. 

Casual Kudus, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Casual Kudus, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A fair size Kudu herd wasn’t intimidated by Zimba.

Trendy Kudu, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Trendy Kudu, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Crossing in front of us with a trendy fur style.

Plenty of flies, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Plenty of flies, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Another had other issues.

Keeping its cool, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Keeping its cool, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Surrounded by pestering flies, which attracted a flock of birds. Gotta keep your cool.

Giraffes near and far, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Giraffes near and far, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Giraffes were spotted by the riverbank was the word around.

Overlooking the situation, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Overlooking the situation, Chobe National Park, Botswana

It looks rather painful bending their whole weight on their front legs. But what is a giraffe to do?

Giraffe and Impala reflections , Chobe National Park, Botswana

Giraffe and Impala reflections, Chobe National Park, Botswana

With lots of open space and accompanied by other grazers, it was a safe option to drink.

One looks left, the other looks right, Chobe National Park, Botswana

One looks left, the other looks right, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Others even kept an eye out while the other was drinking. They most likely experienced some unwanted drinking guests.

Too hot for Monkeys, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Too hot for Monkeys, Chobe National Park, Botswana

It was even too hot for Monkey business for these baboons. Their facial expressions say it all. 

To hot for business, Chobe National Park, Botswana

To hot for business, Chobe National Park, Botswana

This Vervet Monkey mom was looking for something more specific.

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Elephant parade, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephant parade, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephants showed up in masses late afternoon.

Back up, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Back up, Chobe National Park, Botswana

As so many times before, they are drawn to the cooling waters this time of day.

Two youngsters with mom, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Two youngsters with mom, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Walking this small path in between waters, appeared like a catwalk.

Big brother leads the way, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Big brother leads the way, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Looking straight into the sun,

Wee one follows, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Wee one follows, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Black and white was again my preferred photo setting.

Cleaning his eyes, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Cleaning his eyes, Chobe National Park, Botswana

There were plenty of youngsters in this herd, which looked cute as usual.

Worried mom, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Worried mom, Chobe National Park, Botswana

None actually enjoyed a bath in the waters though, which was unusual on a hot day like this.

Moving towards the convoy, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Moving towards the convoy, Chobe National Park, Botswana

My guess is that the increasing amount of arriving Safari vehicles got them too nervous for a cooling swim.

Too close, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Too close, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Quite frankly, I really wasn’t impressed with some drivers attitude towards others and most importantly, towards the elephants. No business like show business.

Keeping an eye out, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Keeping an eye out, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Rather reserved, some adults kept on looking towards the vehicle parade. Little ones were kept very close and appeared rather anxious. Shame really.

Elephant tussle, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephant tussle, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Two bulls were up for a trunk tussle. I couldn’t get any good photos due to the safari convoy.

Elephant crossing, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephant crossing, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Some elephants crossed the waters later afternoon,

Orange sunset over the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Orange sunset over the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana

I was enjoying the sun sinking lower and lower and took some good photos.

Split sunset colours, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Split sunset colours, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Another stunning sunset over the Chobe River.

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