Botswana: Chobe

Our final camp in Botswana was Kwando Lagoon Camp, a gorgeous location on the Kwando River, in the extremme north of Botswana. The camp is on a private reserve near Chobe National Park, right across the river from Caprivi, Namibia, a strange narrow strip extending 200 miles east of the rest of the Namibia.

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Being right on the river, we were able to watch families of elephants wallowing and eating in the lagoon next to camp. (We were told they're not always there.)

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Our safari guides, General and A.T., were excellent. Kwando Lagoon Camp had safari vehicles that were neither Land Rovers nor Toyota Land Cruisers. They were custom built "URI" vehicles, with a special tracker seat on the front-left corner of the truck.

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This elephant in musth wasn't very happy about us.

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We spent a few hours one morning tracking wild dogs through the woods. Because Kwando Lagoon Camp is on a private reserve, we were allowed to drive off-road, leaving the dirt tracks to follow animal tracks cross-country. We never did find those elusive wild dogs.

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A typical day would involve two safaris: one in the early morning, and one in the late afternoon. We would rise before sunrise, and grab some quick coffee or tea before heading out for a few bumpy hours tracking animals. Afterwards, we would return to camp for a full brunch, and then have the hot mid-day to ourselves, to relax or take a siesta. Then, a quick afternoon tea, and we were out in the safari vehicles for another few hours until sunset, when we'd stop somewhere scenic for a "sundowner" with evening drinks (traditionally gin & tonic).

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Another advantage of being on a private reserve was that we could also go on night safaris! (The national parks would close at sundown.)

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