After leaving the fun in Livingstone, Zambia behind we crossed the border into Botswana where our first stop would be Chobe National Park. The border consisted of a boat ride, shoe cleaning and the usual standing around in the border office. Botswana has strict rules when it comes to transporting fresh food such as fruit, vegetables and meat.
The drive from Zambia to Botswana was fine but it was again extreme heat! Our campsite once in Botswana was right by the Chobe River and again the heat was unbearable! But it was something I had to get used to as it didn’t ease up until we arrived in South Africa three weeks later.
After some lunch and a dip in the campsite pool at 3pm we drove down to the river and jumped on a boat that had open sides and a huge space where we could place our chairs wherever we wanted for viewing. There was also an open top which made for even better viewing.
Our tour leader made up a cheese and crackers board for us and we all took our own drinks to enjoy in the sunshine on safari. It was definitely one of the most memorable safaris as it was so relaxed, we weren’t on edge the whole time searching for animals as they were just there on the banks of the river.
Throughout the three hour river cruise on the Chobe River we saw hippos out of the water grazing, water buffalo and crocodiles as well as a variety of birds.
The best part of the boat safari in Chobe was the massive herds of elephants, some of the herds had as many as 30 elephants and they were either drinking on the edge of the river or making their way through the park. I can confirm a herd of elephants doesn’t actually sound that loud! There is just something so special about elephants, I never get sick of seeing them.
Botswana has more elephants than any other country in Africa, they have well over 100,000 and this is down to the strict protection that the elephants receive in Botswana. Botswana takes poaching very seriously and it shows in the elephant population.
As the sun set over the Chobe River it was time to head back to camp but we were graced with a beautiful sunset and another huge herd of elephants making their way along the bank of the Chobe River.
The relaxed nature of the boat safari meant that it was one of the most memorable days on the trip. We all had a blast drinking our wine, eating our cheese and seeing all of the animals from the comfort of our boat.
Chobe National Park was also one of the cheapest places to do a game drive at $25USD per person, the boat safari was included in my Tucan Travel Ultimate Africa Tour.
Visa: No visa fee
Info: Botswana is one of the biggest diamond dealers in the world, they make billions per year on the diamond trade and people from Botswana are looked after very well by the government.
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