Victoria Falls and Game Drives!

August 4, 2008 - Chobe National Park, Botswana

Sit back and get comfortable, because we’ve had  a LOT happen since the last blog post! We arrived in Kasane, Botswana on Friday after a 4 hour delay that had us sweating.  Kasane is very small, but as the gateway to Chobe National Game Reserve, it receives a lot of tourists.  At the airport, I was immediately struck by the more polished, touristy feel of the place, as well as their liberal use of urine cakes in the men’s room. J  On Friday night, we went to the all-you-can eat buffet at the Chobe Safari Lodge.  This lodge was amazingly nice (in contrast to the place we are staying, which is pretty gross), and we tried both wart hog and impala.  After the dessert/cheese/fruit table, everyone was pretty much stuffed.

On Saturday afternoon, we went on a 3 hr boat cruise on the river to see the animals coming down to drink.  Phenomenal!  We saw tons of elephants, crocodiles, baboons, kudu, birds, water buffalos, and hippos.  The hippos were probably everyone’s favorite since they were right by the book and put on a bit of a show.  I took over 150 pictures, but I’ve spared you and only posted a few.

And now on to Sunday!  We left at 8:30am to head to Victoria Falls.  We were delayed at the border for almost two hours because our driver was missing the requisite paper work, but the wait was well worth it.  I can’t really sum up Victoria Falls, so I’ll let the pictures, do the talking.  It was awesome.  We also saw two monkeys who put on an X-rated show, which was pretty hilarious.

Now onto this morning.  We departed at 6am for a game drive, hoping to see some predators after their morning kill.  It was a little slow, but we did see some wild dogs who had just killed an impala.  The highlight was a lioness we came across who had just finished a large breakfast.  So cool, and now we can say that we saw a lion. 

We have some meetings with healthcare providers and orgs this afternoon and tomorrow morning before flying to Capetown, via Gabs, tomorrow afternoon.   Hard to believe that it’s already been over five weeks in Africa, but I think most of us our ready to write up our reports, head back to the USA, and start making a salary again.  Probably just one or two posts left, so thanks for reading!


PS:  We will also post a final update of our HIV work here.  May be a little dry for you, but at least the moms will read it.

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Linda Klein:
August 4, 2008
I did enjoy this posting in its entirety and the monkeys. Looking forward to the rest! Love P's Mom
Kathy Linville:
August 5, 2008
Ha, ha! How did you know? You could have posted the words to "Twinkle, Twinkle" and I would have read it and considered it brilliant. Watched the entire slide show. You've got some great pics, but the monkey humping reminded me of Alex in Thailand. Draw your own conclusions, but he's been pretty forthright. Miss you!
Love Mom L XOXO
August 5, 2008
Hey Trav!! Sounds like you guys are having a great trip! Can't wait for you to get back!! Punky can't wait to see his Uncle Travie!!! :-)
August 6, 2008
I'd love to know where y'all stayed in Kasane. I've got a friend who works at Safari Lodge & will be very happy to know that you had a good meal there. Glad to see it's going well out there!
Paul and Molly:
August 8, 2008
Hey Guys, sounds like the trip continues to be amazing! Looking forward to seeing you back stateside.
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