Lions – Dig Faster!
Posted by Claire Gillman on April 16, 2014
When we crossed from Zambia into Botswana on the ferry, we went straight to the Chobe National Park where we were treated to the most amazing amount of game, and ridiculously close too. Chobe seemed to be packed full of elephants and giraffes – we lost count in the end.
We also spotted two lionesses with cubs and they were clearly on the hunt. They were only feet from the car when they started to stalk some unseen prey. We inched the car forward for a better photograph and promptly got stuck in deep mud on the marshy track. The car was now up to its axles. There was nothing else for it, we had to get out and dig the car out with spades – a nerve-wracking experience with hunting lions so close.
We stayed in a fabulous camp in the park called Sevuti Camp. Even as we were setting up the tents, we were amazed when a very large and very rare wild dog trotted past us. In fact we were so astonished that we didn’t manage to grab the camera in time.
So imagine our surprise and delight when, on the way from Chobe to Moremi park the next day, we turned the corner and there, in our path, was a pack of these shy and endangered dogs. We sat quietly as they ranged around the car, sniffing our scent and being highly curious. What a privilege.
Al in all, Botswana did not disappoint with its plentiful game and great national parks.#chobe