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Chobe River Photographic Safari - Sept 2014, Day 1

21st September 2014
As everyone was here by midday we quickly got down to 'business'. Big decisions! Should we go out on the river this afternoon - or should we venture into the Chobe National Park in the land vehicle. Choices ...

Hearing that an abundance of game - and a pride of lions - was in the park we decided on the land option.

Almost as soon as we entered the park we found a beautiful herd of zebras. As they seldom venture to this end of the park, this really was a special sighting. The herd ventured to the edge of the river where they stopped to drink from one of those small waterholes that form next to the river.

Then a herd of giraffe arrived at a similar, neighbouring little waterhole. They looked fabulous in the gorgeous rays of the afternoon sun.

And spread out all along the flood plains were dozens of buffalo and even more elephants. We were able to get really close to the large pachyderms for some awesome closeups.

There was so much to see that we had to remind ourselves to leave and search for the lions that we had heard about. We passed buffalo along the way, but this time we carried on after a quick glance of appreciation, keen to reach the big cats.

Two lionesses and eight cubs! Five cubs were around six months old with three of the cutest little three month old bundles of fur. They were lying on a large open patch - perfect for photography.

We spent the remainder of the afternoon with the pride, watching as the cubs gambolled around, chased each other, climbed all over the adults, and occasionally stopped to suckle.

It was a truly wonderful afternoon - and the ideal start to our safari ...
… and tomorrow, the river! …

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