Holland America Line Mariners and frequent cruisers Jan and Dick Yetke set sail Jan. 4, 2018 for Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage. As part of their voyage, they enjoyed a five-night overland tour to Africa’s Victoria Falls and Chobe Water Villas. Read on below for glimpse into part two of their incredible adventure!
This was a day for game viewing!!! We left the lodge (it was on Namibia side of Chobe River) on the boat (only way to get to and from the Villas was by boat) about 8 a.m. When we got off the boat, we were at the Botswana border crossing office. So, we cleared into Botswana. Chobe National Park is in Botswana so we had just a couple miles to drive to the park entrance. We started our driving along the waterside road again. Saw a large crocodile and lots of impalas again. They surely are plentiful in the park!!! There are many different birds along the water also. Then we went up more inland. This is where you generally see the large game. Here we saw a large group of giraffes and a large group of elephants. It was very exciting for sure!!! Our driver just stopped the vehicle and we watched!!
The next day we had to fly back to Cape Town in the afternoon to re-join our ship, ms Amsterdam.
However, there was time for a wonderful three hour game drive in the morning. This turned out to be one of our best!!! Of course, we started with a warthog. We did see the usual lots of groups of impalas but I decided you have seen enough photos of them.
Next we enjoyed the large group of baboons!! They were really very playful – all sizes and ages. As you will notice, they ended up running across the road in front of us. What was really cute were the mothers with babies, some gripping and riding under the front of the mother, and some hopping on the back of the mother. Then we saw a sable antelope (bok – it is the black animal with the two horns curling back. Gorgeous!), kudu, a banded mongoose, cape buffalo, elephants and zebras. It was really a wonderful morning game drive!!!
We then headed to the nearby airport, Kasane, where we flew from back thru Johannesburg to Cape Town. We arrived back in Cape Town about 8 p.m. and were back at the ship about 9 p.m. As you can see, we had a wonderful overland adventure!!!
What animals would you like to see on safari in Africa?