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Chobe National Park – Botswana

July 28, 2017

Guest Post/Photography by Greg Wagner

Gregory Wagner is a landscape, wildlife, travel, sports, and commercial photographer and blogger based in Fort Myers, Florida.  

Entering Botswana

Travel in Africa can be quite an adventure, even when dealing with conventional modes of transportation.  So when we booked our full-day Chobe National Park safari departing from Livingstone, Zambia we knew the ferry ride across the Zambezi River from Kazungula, Zambia to the northernmost tip of Botswana was part of the program.  What we didn’t know was that the “ferry” was nothing more than a small aluminum flat-bottomed fishing boat with an equally small engine. 

Oh, and by the way, just few miles downstream from the crossing is Victoria Falls, more than a mile wide, over 300 feet straight down, and one of the natural wonders of the world.  But we figured these boat guys are professionals and no doubt they had contingency plans in the event of engine failure.  As it turns out we crossed into Botswana without incident, breezed through immigration, and were able to add another country to our “been there” list.

Chobe River Cottages – Kasane, Botswana

Finding affordable lodging in Kasane and just outside of Chobe National Park can be very challenging so when we found Chobe River Cottages (choberivercottages.com) as a result of online searches we were very happy. 

Our cottage was actually a small one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, great patio and next to the swimming pool. 

The cottage property is right on the Chobe River and directly across from the country of Namibia.  It’s an easy walk to the center of Kasane where we picked up a supply of groceries at a nice modern store and took full advantage of our kitchen. 

Chobe River Cottages is a great place to stay!

Chobe National Park Adventures

Though we were in Kasane and Chobe River Cottages for only two nights we were able to take full advantage of our proximity to Chobe National Park.  We took two boat tour safaris and two game drives in 48 hours and were able to schedule them to see the wildlife at all times of the day.  Elephants, water buffalos, giraffes, hippos, impalas and a huge variety of birds are most common in Chobe. 

We didn’t see any zebras or big cats but we did hear over the radio that other tours had spotted a couple of lions.   One thing worth noting is the excellent cooperation among the various guide services.  They all stay in communication with each other, understanding that the common goal is to provide a great and memorable experience to everyone regardless of which tour company they booked with.  When one tour company spots a big cat or something spectacular the word goes out to all tour companies in an effort to allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy the Chobe National Park to the fullest. 

The African Sunset

Ever since I can remember I have always heard that the sunsets in Africa are the best the earth has to offer and as a landscape photographer I’ve witnessed and photographed probably more than my fair share.  But this I can tell you: there truly is something different, something special, and just something about the sunsets we experienced in Africa over the course of three weeks.

Until next time, please enjoy the African sun setting over the Chobe River.  Thanks for reading.

Gregory Wagner is a travel/photography blogger based in Fort Myers, Florida.  Please feel free to contact him at fotoguy22@hotmail.com or visit his website: www.wagnerphotography.me

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