So During the Fall Semester you get a short break (1 week). During this time of the year the parks are still dry and so have great viewing of animals and young ones and it was during this time that we decided to take a week long trip into Chobe (mostly). It was an amazing trip one of my favorites here, yah you can to cape town or Mozambique but you don’t know what your missing if you miss out on this trip!
Locations: Maun, Kasane, and Zambia
Activities: Camping every night,food provided as well as tents, game drives 2X a day (dawn and dusk), 1 Boat tour, and then a day at Victoria Falls
It was an amazing camping trip we had so much fun not only during the drives but also just hanging out afterward, listening to the elephants and hippos in the night, wondering how close the lions were and chasing off the pesky honey badgers. During some of the drives we sang songs we all knew some of the others sang Disney songs in Swedish.
Here are some of the things we saw :
Birds: ( roughly 27 different species that I could identify with help)- Some of which were the Cattle Egret, Red Billed Cormorant, Lilac Breasted Rollers, Hooded Vulture, Ostrich, Fishing Eagle, Cory Buster, Great Eagle Owl, European Bee Eater, and the Ground Hornbill
Mammals (26 recognized species), this included 4 of the big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Giraffe,and Water Buffalo) as well as other rarer animals like the stable antelope, wild dog and klipspringer. We also saw plenty of impala, elephant, Zebra, Hippopotamus, Warthog, and Kudu
We saw a lot of Elephants on this trip, you will see signs everywhere declaring Kasane as the ‘Land of the Giants’ and they are not kidding the elephants are everywhere and there are even crossing signs for them
The Kudu, impala and wildebeest largely ignored us but we did get to watch a wild dog chase down pray that riled quiet a few in the large herd.
Part of my favorite part of this trip was the predators we saw, we saw 3 different prides of lion (2 larger ones) and 3 different leopards, one even had a kill under a tree.
The lion pride managed to catch a young zebra and as we watched one of the mother elephants got worried about how close the lions were to her calf so she trumpeted at them! She then got in front of her calf and the others came round, the younger lions moved away while a few of them just ignored the worried elephants.
Will Post more Pictures and talk about the trip later, for now please enjoy these and I will talk to everyone later!