River Safari in Botswana’s Chobe Park with Zeb the Duck

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.

Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe Safari Lodge

The lodge is beautiful.   I was so happy to wash my feathers here.   Look at the birds in the sinks.

Decorative sink in ladies room

Decorative sink in ladies room

I love this place!  Of course, we love the pool.

Nice pool

Nice pool

We will return here for a lunch buffet.   Yum!  I am on the boat and ready to go.

Ready for boat safari

Ready for boat safari

There are some very nice ladies from Sydney, Australia on our boat safari also.    This colorful bird must be our mascot.

Mascot for our boat?

Mascot for our boat?

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.

Mongoose

Mongoose

I like warthogs.   We saw many of them in Liwonde National Park in Malawi also.

Warthog

Warthog

Isn’t he wonderful?   There are many birds here also.   We admire the gray heron.

Gray Heron

Gray Heron

And, we recognize the fish eagles.

Fish Eagle

Fish Eagle

This is a Nile crocodile.

Nile Crocodile

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.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

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.

Flag of Botswana on Sedudu Island

Flag of Botswana on Sedudu Island

In Namibia, the island is known as Kasikili Island.   Elephants are so big and so magnificent.   Here are elephants and a small baby elephant.

Elephants of all sizes

Elephants of all sizes

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.

Botswana's Lilac-Breasted Roller

Botswana’s Lilac-Breasted Roller

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.

I see the elephant

I see the elephant and maybe he sees me.

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.

Namibia Safari Lodge

Namibia Safari Lodge

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.

A Land Safari in Liwonde National Park with Zeb the Duck

Yesterday we arrived at Liwonde National Park and enjoyed a boat safari on the Shire River.   This morning we get in a safari vehicle and begin looking for more animals.

Our safari vehicle in Liwonde National Park

Our safari vehicle in Liwonde National Park

Soon we see impalas.

Impalas. So graceful

Impalas. So graceful

Impalas are similar to the antelope we see in the western United States.   They are so delicate and graceful.   Several monkeys are seen in the trees and running through the forest.

Monkey

Monkey

The warthogs are so much fun to watch.

Warthog

Warthog

They are always scratching the ground, searching for food.   When they run, they make us laugh, or at least smile.   I, Zeb the Duck, am on this safari, but the ride is fairly rough, so I stay in my travel bag most of the time.   But, here I am now.

I, Zeb the Duck, am on this safari also

I, Zeb the Duck, am on this safari also

This sausage trees has these long, hanging pods that are very hard and look like sausages.

Sausage tree

Sausage tree

Many creatures live in Liwonde National Park.   These ants are very large and very busy.

Busy ants

Busy ants

Here are more nests of the weaver birds.

Nests of Weaver Birds

Nests of Weaver Birds

We saw some similar weaver bird nests on our first outing in Lilongwe, Malawi.   The hippos spend much of the day in the Shire River.

Hippos are always watching

Hippos are always watching

They are such large animals, but in the water you notice the large eyes watching.   Remember this is a premier bird watching destination.   Over 400 species have been seen in this park.   I love the white birds sitting in the tree.

White birds

White birds

Perhaps not rare birds, but a great scene with the white birds, green tree and beautiful blue sky.   There are elephants near the river this morning.

Elephants by Shire River

Elephants by Shire River

Again, large animals that are so comfortable here.   I, Zeb the Duck, like the elephants.   This bird has a beautiful blue tummy.

Pretty bird

Pretty bird

Of course, as a duck, I like birds.   It is time to head back across the Shire River to meet our driver, guides and chef.

Time to cross the Shire River and leave the part

Time to cross the Shire River and leave the part

I like this bridge.

Nice bridge

Nice bridge

We will cross the bridge and leave Liwonde National Park, but we will have another adventure soon.