Botswana – Our first River Safari (Part 2)

In Part 1 I made some excuses for the poor image quality and these excuses also apply to this post.  However, for those of you who are not ‘birders’, I do have photos of some larger animals seen during our first river safari.

Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa, or even the world, so it is no surprise to find large numbers at the Chobe River.  There will be photos of large herds in later posts, but for now I just have some individuals and small groups.

Snorkel

Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

Elephant drinking

The Elephant Back Safari that we enjoyed in Zambia proved that elephants can be gentle and endearing animals, we must remember though, that in the wild they can be very dangerous.  I do sometimes find it hard to believe this, as when we watch them feeding, drinking and playing in and around the river they always seem far from dangerous.  It is also remarkable, how loving and caring their own family groups are.  Nevertheless we do need to remember that they are very dangerous.

It is not, however, difficult to remember how dangerous the next animal is.  The Nile Crocodile is well known for it.  This one though didn’t look too threatening from this distance.  It was actually lying on a nest incubating the eggs, and remained in the same place for the several days that we were there.

Nile Crocodile on nest

Nile Crocodile on nest

The next one did look a bit more menacing.  It was swimming steadily towards our boat and was obviously not afraid of us.

Nile Crocodile swimming

The Great White Heron on the next picture was not afraid of the pod of Hippos, who are of course herbivores.  There are, nevertheless, the most dangerous of all the large animals found in Africa, particularly when they feel threatened.  Always give them a wide berth, whether on land or water.

Great White Heron and Hippo

This Water Monitor is Africa’s largest lizard.

Water Monitor

The Impala in the next few pictures are not at all threatening.  In actual fact, they probably represent the most likely meal for many of the African predators.  That, and the distinctive marking on their rumps, is what leads them to be called the McDonalds of Africa.  There will be some better pictures of their rumps in later posts.

Impala

Impala

Impala and Warthog

I guess the Warthogs in this picture might be a bit dangerous if met on foot.  They can certainly run quite quickly and the tusks do look pretty functional.

Chobe River Sunset

A couple of near sunsets to finish of in traditional fashion.

Elephant Sunset

Please keep an eye open for the next installment of this fantastic holiday in Botswana.

The start of this story can be found here.

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