Our final guest post for this series. Since Charlotte is back in Africa, we thought it would be perfectly fitting to end off with this post by the lovely Kim Jay from Regina, Saskatchewan.
What I love about Chobe National Park, Botswana is….here’s a no-brainer…the animals!
A safari in Chobe National Park in Botswana is a dream come true for any animal lover, explorer, or photographer. The 11,700 square km park is home to hundreds of thousands of animals. Herds of elephants, prides of lions, towers of giraffes, troops of baboons, herds of water buffalo, bloats of hippos (yes…we were tested on what animal congregations were called) all gather near the riverbed, also known as the Serondela.
Tourists decked out in their khaki uniforms come to Chobe from all over the world for their chance to see these animals in the wild. I fought off the urge to dawn the cream-coloured scrubs, but made up for it with the over 1000 photos I snapped in three days.
For our safari we signed up the full camping experience. We stayed in safari dome tents for the two nights, and enjoyed food cooked by our guides over the fire. On the second night I realized how much a part of the park we had really become. A badger went through our garbage one evening and after chasing it away, I light up the surroundings to find about 50 little eyes looking back at me. A herd of antelope had circled around our tent to ensure their safety for the night. This is how these animals survive together out there. They use each other for protection. The antelope have learned that the lions and predators will stay away from the light of our fires, so they have a safe haven around our camp.
Here’s a selection of the animals we spotted during our safari.
@doctorkj. Her photoblog also shows her latest goings-on, and is at blog.kimjayphotography.com.