The most memorable moment of any African safari is spotting that first wild animal. We’ve seen them in zoos or on the Discovery Channel, but as Simone Bunnett discovered, to see them in real life is worth waiting for…
“Chobe National Park in Botswana is the most incredible national park that I have visited on our planet. It was my first park in Africa where we were camping and instead of unpacking my tent when we arrived, I walked up to the water hole right next to where we were going to set up camp. It was literally a 5 minute walk and I could not believe my eyes, my mouth dropped to the ground I am sure.
I was in disbelief that about 20 or more elephants of all sizes, even teeny babies, were bathing and drinking there, just 4-5 metres away from me.
I think my friend and I poked each other stupid that night just out of amazement of where we were. We sat there for hours on end, watching the elephant and were eager for more, maybe a lion or buffalo would walk up. However a few springbok, zebra and more elephant later that evening was what we spotted, but still absolutely no complaints, it is the wilds of Africa after all!”
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* photo by Tara Toohey – Intrepid Photography Competition