On the Road: Botswana to Zimbabwe

Surprises on the road

Day two dawned bright and warm. Today's travel took us across Botswana to Chobe Elephant Park and then onwards to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.

 Botswana is very flat...for many kilometers we saw nothing but road, brush and the occasional acacia tree.

Botswana is very flat...for many kilometers we saw nothing but road, brush and the occasional acacia tree.

Then all of a sudden this happened:

Once the elephant got a whiff of us, he sauntered off into the brush. And we continued on our drive towards Chobe Elephant Park.  Our first real game drive and we were rewarded with many wonderful sightings in a beautiful landscape looking from Botswana into Namibia. 

The senses were truly heightened by seeing so many animals in one place. The sounds the animals make (or don't make, in the case of an elephant coming upon us boy, we were all surprised!) the bird calls, the scent of the animals, even the oxygen in the air - well, these words cannot adequately describe the visceral experience. This game drive was great for getting a taste of what Botswana has to offer. To be so up close and yet observing the animals in their natural habitat was amazing. I couldn't wait for more drives coming in the next few days.

 Looking out to Namibia.

Looking out to Namibia.