The day started with a delicious and varied breakfast buffet. Then Petr. Picked us up for our Safari in Chobe National Park. What a safari it was!!!! We saw warthogs, kudus, impala, springbucks, hippos, and off in the distance Water Buffalo. The highlights were the baboons and the elephants.
We parked next to a large family of baboons, including, as with the all the antelope many new born babies. Then 2 "teenaged" baboons got into a fight. Well, the dad, the alpha male, was not allowing any family fights. He ran over to the combatants in second time and grabbed one and "reprimanded him, shall we say, very energetically. No blood was drawn. The other combatant ran about 1000 feet down for river bank and kept an anxious eye on dad.
The other highlight was the herd of elephants. Leo, our driver, stopped to show us an elephant footprint in the sand. We all remarked upon Grace's desire to see elephants. Leo started saying that the elephants ad moved back into the bush.
A large herd (16 or 17) elephants amazingly appears at the tree line!!!! We admired them as they stopped and watched us. Leo then moved our truck back approximately 15 yards and the elephants, including a baby and a number of youngsters, marched in front of us. We watched them, they watched us and the TPM team was left breathless. You have not lived until you and a wild elephant have stared each other down.
We returned to the Avanti Hotel after some purchases on the Zambezi River bank and met with Mr. Jackson 5. He took us on a tour of the grounds and showed us zebras, including a baby, a gang of mongoose, and most spectacularly, 4 giraffes right on the hotel grounds!!! After the animal adventures, we were dropped off at the market place. Everybody bargained, haggled,and bought.
We closed the day with a final team Dinner including words of the day, debriefing, a look towards plans for next year, and of course, Amarulla.
God bless all of you for following Tiny People Matter. Let us know if you have any questions or can donate any medicine, medical or school supplies. Thank you from the entire TPM team.
Steve and Michele Block