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AFRICA -  DAY THIRTY ONE - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA

Previous Blogs: Day 1 Pretoria | Day 4 Dinokeng | Day 5 New Years | Day 6+7 Umdloti | Day 8 - DumaZulu | Day 9 Hluhluwe | Day 10+11 PE to Knysna | Day 12 Ostrich Farm | Day 13 Hermanus | Day 14 Hout Bay | Day 15 Cape Point | Day 16 Table Mountain | Day 17+18 Namib Desert | Day 19 Sossusvlei | Day 20+21 To Swakopmund | Day 22 Cape Cross | Day 23 Luderitz | Day 24 Walvis Bay | Day 26 To Windhoek | Day 27 Katatura | Day 28+29 Zambezi | Day 30 The Falls | Day 31 Chobe | Day 32+33 Going Home

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Today we went to our 4th and final African country just a short drive away - Botswana.

Botswana is a relatively well run democratic and peaceful country.

They obtained independence in 1966 from the British and have had a democracy ever since. We were picked up at 7am (these early mornings are killing me!) and driven to the border post.

Like most African border posts it was a cluster%&$#@, but we eventually got through and headed off to the Chobe National Park.

First off was a boat trip on the Chobe River where you get get up real and personal with critters in a modified pontoon boat with twin Yammies and an upstairs viewing deck.

Here's the reason no one in Africa knows how to swim...

Buffalo, one of the Big Five

A face only a mother can love!

Fish Eagle

Then after a short break for lunch we headed out again, this time in a Safari type vehicle.

The scenery was quite spectacular...

These are Sable and they are very rare to find in a Game Park. And the baboon baby on the right has got style! They normally cling underneath mama.

Then, alongside the road we found this girl...
 

Then sadly it was time to head back to Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe does not have fences around their game parks, leaving the animals to freely migrate.

This also means that occasionally you will see wild game walk through the towns. In our case once out of the park and on the main road back to Vic Falls we saw at LEAST 20 elephants! Just strolling across the highway!

 

And finally...

 

 

 

Now this is a REAL house boat, dunno what ya'll were thinking what a house boat is.

 

 

It's not often you see a ROAD SIGN that gives directions to TWO different COUNTRIES - none of which you are currently in!

 

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