|Wouldn't want to hit one of these guys on the road!|
We arrived at our lodge on Friday afternoon and were welcomed by two warthogs chowing down on the lawn near the parking lot.
Thankfully we had borrowed a camera with fantastic zoom capability so we were able to capture some photos that did the experience justice.
|A banded mongoose crosses the path of a young antelope|
|Water Buffalo - these things have massive horns! |
Reportedly the most dangerous creature to encounter on safari if you are on foot.
|Hippo having an afternoon snack|
|Elephants on the island in the middle of the river|
|Myself and my travel companions on the roof deck of the boat|
|HUGE crocs - the big one was at least 8 or 10 feet long!|
|Elephant family walking down to the water|
|The elephants began drinking in unison, using their trunks like straws|
|Then they poured the water out of their trunks and down the hatch!|
|Baby elephant! It looked over at us mid-gulp.|
|The island in the middle of the river, with hippos, water buffalo, and elephants visible|
|More sunbathing hippos|
|This croc jumped out of the water just as our boat approached|
|Croc close-up! Scary!|
|Camouflaged Croc - the hill behind is the Botswana side of the river|
|Elephants and water buffalo on the Namibia side of the river|
|There were so many beautiful birds|
|This was amazing - towards the end of the boat ride, we stopped in an area where there were tons of different types of animals heading for the water. These are impala and elephants.|
|It almost looked like a stampede just before sunset - from our vantage point we could see impala, water buffalo, hippos, elephants, and warthogs|
|Here you can see some warthogs in front of the impala, which are in front of the elephants|
|And there is a bird! Does this remind anyone else of the opening scene in the Lion King? I couldn't help but hear Elton John singing "Circle of Life" when this was happening. It was surreal.|
|And then some GIRAFFES emerged from the trees!|
|Giraffe joining the party|
It was really an indescribable experience to see so many animals in one place, and it made me incredibly happy that Botswana has done such a great job of preserving the natural habitat for these animals. What a fantastic way to start a weekend!
On the boat's journey back to the lodge we circled around the other side of the island and saw this guy:
|Water Monitor lizard - this one was definitely more than 2 feet long, and he slid into the hole behind him in the cliff as we sailed off|
I will put the rest of our trip, which included a game drive and a visit to Victoria Falls, in a separate post since this one has so many photos in it. Stay tuned!