After a hearty breakfast and radio check, we make an early start heading into Chobe National Park - arguably one of the best wildlife destinations in the world.
From the large herds of breeding Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, migrating Zebras, Puku Antelope and the predators that hunt them to the Nile crocodiles, hippo's and rich birdlife (total bird list now exceeds 450 species), the Chobe River itself inclusive of its banks rank the area as one of the top birding spots in southern Africa.
Our 4x4's will be tested as we negotiate the sandy roads of the Park and by evening, our guide will have introduced us to a host of bird calls and night sounds from hundreds of different species. Expect to add to your list: Snake-Eagles, Pennant-winged Nightjars, Racket-tailed Rollers, Collared Palm-Thrushs, Swamp Boubous, Copper Sunbirds, Brown Firefinch, Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah, Orange-winged Pytilia, Slaty Egret, Rufous-bellied Heron, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Greater Swamp-Warbler, White-crowned Lapwing, African Skimmer.... the list is endless and quite easily done from the comfort of your vehicle. And if you're not a keen birder - these magnificent beauties are likely to steal your heart from they moment they appear in front of your binoculars!
This is the first night we sleep under a star studded African sky with wildlife roaming around us!