Following on from part 1, here is the next set of photos from my River boat cruise on the Chobe river in Botswana.
I thought it was only fair to give the other animals a show in part 2 :). All along our little boat journey, the banks of the Chobe River were lined with the prehistoric shapes of the Crocodiles. Sunset was not too far off the horizon and this Huge guy was squeezing the last bit of heat out of the setting sun. His size and camouflage really amazed me.
I was certainly very grateful for our boat captain and his ‘Bush Eyes’. When you live in the city, your brain and eyes are not that adept at ‘spotting’ wildlife that does not move, until your perceptions adjust to its environment. My lack of bush eyes would have totally missed this beast.
So naturally we had to move closer…This photo is deceptive but our boat was no more than a metre from this Croc. These guys can be seriously quick and dangerous. Fortunately for us, our captain/guide assured us, we were quite safe because the croc had just eaten!!! 😀
We came across two different groups of Hippos, this group was the only one we could get fairly close to because the other group had babies and we could not get close enough for me to get any decent photos. When hippos have young, they are very protective and are known for attacking boats that get too close. This group was very relaxed and didn’t mind our presence.
Our boat trip was fast approaching its end as we were fighting off the setting Sun. As we began heading back to our lodge, we were blessed with some more magnificent beauty as the Sun dropped closer and closer to the horizon.
Half way back to the lodge another herd of the beloved Elephants made their appearance as a final gift. Sentimental alert :)….for someone like me, who cannot travel easily, these silhouettes seemed like nature knew I would probably never be able so see this beauty again and gave me its final blessing, that would stay in my mind and heart for the rest of my days.
Thank You wild Africa :).
Part 3, will be my visit to Victoria Falls.