AMAZING AFRICA: BOTSWANA AND ZIMBABWE
When we get into the forest… we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves…Life will rush in.” D. H. Lawrence
I can’t resist sharing with you photos and selected videos that Manoj and I shot in Chobe National Park in Botswana, and Sable Alley in Okavango Delta.
In Chobe we stayed in a thatched chalet at enchanting Muchenje Safari Lodge. We had an awe-inspiring view of the Chobe River and Namibia’s Zambezi region. We went for our usual morning and evening safaris but also had the pleasure of boat safari on Chobe River and walking safari in Chobe National Park. This park is widely known for its large Kalahari elephant population, estimated to be around 50,000.
In Muchenje, it was our honor to meet the teachers and students of the elementary and middle schools. The visit offered an insight into the local life.
From Muchenje we took a flight to Sable Alley Bush Camp in Okavango, our last stop in southern Africa. In Sable Valley our camping ‘tent’ overlooked a lagoon with a pod of about 30 hippos.
Okavango region is covered with extensive savannahs and rolling grasslands which makes wildlife particularly dynamic. We sighted lionesses with their cubs in search of breakfast, elephants drinking water and mudding themselves, pelicans sieving tilapia, rhinoceros, kudu, impala, Zebras, leopards and hippos.
We saw one dead elephant but also pregnant Zebras and giraffes. We saw impalas and warthogs being hunted and devoured by wild dogs and lions. We experienced intelligent nature. It “knows.” It works in precise details. Nothing seemed meaningless or useless. The miracle and magic of nature is tremendously powerful with its innate intuitive sense, from ant to elephant. Death, birth, struggle for survival is life and we are part of this cycle. We must be at-one-with ourselves and with all life.
Our travel in Africa were one of the most memorable we have ever had around the world. A life transforming experience! Videos of the animals and birds in their natural habitat are 1-4 minutes long.