I, Zeb the Duck, am going on a safari in Botswana. This is a one day trip from Victoria Falls, so we will be back with more about Victoria Falls in a few days. We are going to Chobe National Park and first we will cruise on the Chobe River. George picks us up early in the morning and we drive about 70 kilometers to the Botswana border. We get passports stamped because we are leaving Zimbabwe; go to the Botswana immigration station, get passports stamped to enter Botswana. Driving into Botswana, we drive slowly through water in the road. This is to wash our ties. We get out of the vehicle and walk through water to wash our shoes. Then Leonardo meets us and we go to Chobe Safari Lodge.
The lodge is beautiful. I was so happy to wash my feathers here. Look at the birds in the sinks.
I love this place! Of course, we love the pool.
We will return here for a lunch buffet. Yum! I am on the boat and ready to go.
There are some very nice ladies from Sydney, Australia on our boat safari also. This colorful bird must be our mascot.
He stays with us, leaves for a few minutes, then returns to our boat. He is small and beautiful. These mongoose seem to like us.
I like warthogs. We saw many of them in Liwonde National Park in Malawi also.
Isn’t he wonderful? There are many birds here also. We admire the gray heron.
And, we recognize the fish eagles.
This is a Nile crocodile.
He is big and more green than gray. I love his color. This cape buffalo looks like he combed and parted his hair, but those are his horns.
They can be vicious, if they feel threatened. I, Zeb the Duck, would never threaten them. We are visitors in his territory. We are on the Chobe River and in this portion of the river, one side is Botswana and the other side is Namibia. This island was claimed by each country. Eventually Botswana got the island and this flag of Botswana, on Sedudu Island shows everyone that this island is Botswana.
In Namibia, the island is known as Kasikili Island. Elephants are so big and so magnificent. Here are elephants and a small baby elephant.
I, Zeb the Duck, and the humans loved these elephants. Don’t you? This beautiful bird is the Lilac-Breasted Roller, the unofficial national bird of Botswana.
Just as a reminder, I am on this boat, but like before, it is difficult to get me in photos with the animals. I might fall into the river. But here I am, in front of an elephant.
The country of Namibia has a huge desert, but this small part of Namibia has these same animals. This is a safari lodge in Namibia.
Love the chalets on stilts. Maybe next time…? Time to go back to the Chobe Safari Lodge for lunch. Next time I will show you what I saw on the afternoon game drive.