Safari: Chobe Day 3

Posted by barb on Nov 20, 2016 in Pictures, Recreation, Travels |

Our third day at Chobe – another full day there – was spent in pursuit of elephants. Mike, our guide, warned that it might be a bit of a goose chase because of the clouds and possibility of rain. Elephants need water every day. During the dry season, they trek to the river each day to drink and bathe. However, they prefer their watering holes, since they are less vulnerable there. Once the rains start, the elephants know that their watering holes will soon have water again. At the end of the dry season, when the weather is cloudy and there are sprinkles in the morning, the elephants walk to their watering holes to see if there is water yet. If there isn’t any water, they have to make the trek to the river – 10 km away.

On our quest for elephants, though, we did find other animals. First thing, we found some zebra.

Zebras

Including this little one. Our guide guessed that it was less than a month old. Note how long its legs are. Mike said that the baby zebras have long legs to help confuse predators. It’s harder for them to tell the young from the older zebras from just a quick glance.

Mama and baby zebra

Nursing baby

We continued to see more baby impalas, too.

Mama and baby impala

Next, Mike took us to where he knew a pair of lionesses had cubs. His hope was to get there about the time they would call the cubs out of hiding to exercise them. We drove around the area a bit, Mike looking into the bushes where he guessed that the cubs might be hiding. He spotted a couple tiny cubs through the bushes. Eventually I spied one of the cubs, too – it was barely able to walk, crawling over a branch of a bush. Then it disappeared again. I have no idea how Mike knew they were there or how he could possibly have found them.

Then we found the lionesses.

Lion on the riverside

Cleaning lion

Hello lion

Silly lion

After watching for a while, Mike determined they weren’t going to call the cubs out, probably because it looked like rain. So, we continued our trek to find elephants. We drove to one watering hole, then then to a more distant watering hole. But…this is what we found:

Empty watering hole

Mike was so frustrated. At one point he just looked around and said, “Where are they?” And then we continued to another watering hole. Still no elephants. So, next we headed toward the the river again. And FINALLY we spied a family.

Elephants spotted!

We followed them to the river, where they got some water.

Elephants getting water

Elephant on the shore

And just like that, they headed off again.

Hello elephant!

We returned to where the lionesses were – Mike thought they might call out the cubs in the late afternoon. On the way, we spied some jackals and a warthog with babies.

Jackals

Warthog baby bums

Then we found the lionesses in about the same place as in the morning.

Interacting lions

The then, before long, one of them went and called her cubs.

Mama and cubs

They ran around, explored, and played with each other for a while.

Snuggling cubs?

Cub on the move

Interacting cubs

Interacting cubs

Belly!

And then they went back to mama.

Mama and cub

And nursed for a little while.

Nursing cub

Finally it was time to head back to camp. On our way, we spied this mama and baby giraffe at sunset.

Mam and baby giraffe

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