Travelog: Maun, Botswana (Days 8 & 9 the end)

Travelog: Maun, Botswana (Days 8 & 9 the end)

We woke up bright and early once again for another safari drive. This would be our last drive here because we were going to another camp after. We

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An elephant and her child.

An elephant and her child.

We woke up bright and early once again for another safari drive. This would be our last drive here because we were going to another camp after. We saw many zebras, warthogs, and even the African wildcat. The cat moved so fast we couldn’t get any clear pictures of it, which was a shame because how rare it is to see one in the area.

While driving we came upon another herd of elephants. I couldn’t help but feel a little anxious given what happened the day before. While the rest of the herd kept their distance, one of the baby elephants walked right up to our car. It got scared and instantly started screaming while running past us. Even though it was very cute to see I just thought “oh no.” The whole herd immediately looked over at the screaming child and ran towards us. At this point it felt like the canoe trip all over again, but they luckily got the kid and ran by.

A lion lying in the grass.

A lion lying in the grass.

After all this we packed up our stuff and got on a plane for a hour and a half plane ride to our next camp. When we arrived it was totally different than the one we were at previously. The biggest difference were that all the rooms had real walls and air conditioning. Despite this luxury we still felt the other camp was better because there was more to do and it felt like you were more immersed in the safari. After dropping our stuff off in our rooms we went to have lunch and on the menu was impala! We had to try it because guides refer to it as “the McDonalds of the safari.” These animals were called this because the markings on their butt were a big “M” and all the predators targeted them as an easy meal.

Lunch was over and before we knew it our next adventure began. We went on a boat ride that afternoon to see the flooded parts of the safari and get another angle of life in Botswana. There were many crocodiles who were either resting or hiding and waiting for their next meal. We also saw many hippos fighting for and marking their territory.

The endangered black rhino we had the opportunity to see.

The endangered black rhino we had the opportunity to see.

There were hundreds of water buffalo along with many herds of elephants. We had now finished the safari Big 5 and were able to get spectacular pictures of them all! Throughout the boat ride we just watched the different animals go about their life. We saw elephants bathing, water buffalo running from crocodiles, and the beautiful sunset over the safari.

When the boat ride was over we returned to the lodge. There they had dinner ready for us and it was a big buffet! I grabbed every kind of food available except for the salad and had a blast. While we were eating we all reminisced about the trip because this would be our last dinner out here in the safari.

As we were talking we heard sounds of people singing outside. The staff quickly rushed us to the front of the lodge where we were met by tribespeople dancing and singing. They did many tribal dances and explained to us what each one meant and when it would’ve been performed in their culture. Then for the last dance they started pulling people from the crowd and before we knew it everyone was dancing and having a good time. It was definitely a nice touch for our last night. After all the dancing we went to bed definitely in need of a good night’s rest.

The water buffalo... we completed the Big 5!

The water buffalo… we completed the Big 5!

When we woke up we knew after this safari drive we’d have to get on a plane back home. This drive we were about to go on was probably the most uneventful of them all. I only say this because we saw nothing new. We saw hippos, elephants, lions, and even a dead impala that a leopard took up in a tree. It was amazing to think that none of this stuff was new to us, but none of it was boring. This was the perfect drive to end on because it was so relaxing and allowed us all to think about everything that happened on the trip.

After the drive we packed up our stuff and got on an over 24 hour plane ride back home. Our time in Africa truly flew by and it was one of the best experiences of my life. If I ever got the opportunity to go back I would in a heartbeat. The safari is truly one of the most amazing places in the world.

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