It’s the Spar supermarket that serves the Chobe area. Spar is a nice supermarket. It’s loaded with stuff. It has a deli and bakery. It has beer and spirits. It has fresh veggies and meat. It has frozen food. It is similar to any supermarket you might find in America, only it’s a smaller version. We usually find a Spar or a TM supermarket to stock up on food. I’m fond of the french fries at Spar. But, when I order them I have to call them "chips" like the British do or else they look at me funny.
There was a KFC at the local shopping center. I think it may have been the only fast food restaurant that I saw on the entire trip so far, excluding Dubai. I didn’t eat there. I have had some experiences at foreign KFC’s that were not encouraging during trips I have taken in the past. However, I was told by some of the people on the trip who did eat there that they not only had original recipe, it tasted just like it does in the states. While I found that reassuring, I did not want to spend $8 on a couple of pieces of chicken to find out if it was true.
What did a large portion of the group do? They got up for a 5:30 AM game drive in the Chobe National Park. It was something I should have done, but I decided that I was going to lay off of game drives for a while. I’m sure it must have been nice. It was a recommended activity, but how many games drives can a person go on in a few days? Was I getting a little jaded?
It’s another boat of tourists. This boat was much smaller than our own. The small boats were quicker and more maneuverable. They got closer to the animals than our boat did. But our boat appeared to be more comfortable. We had much better chairs and we could get up and walk around on deck with no problem. I was glad I had gone on the Chobe River boat ride.
It looks like one of the local tourists is out visiting the elephants.
One thing we saw in large number were elephants. It appeared that the elephants really like the area long the river. It was nice and muddy and had a lot of grass for them to eat. The Chobe National Park is supposed to have one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa. There were plenty of them to see and some of the smaller boats got very close to the elephants. Our boat was a just a little too big. I could see where maneuvering it could have been a problem.
It was a nice sunset and I’m a sucker for sunsets. At least I’m a sucker for good sunsets. This one wasn’t bad. The location lent a little mystery to it all. Also, we had seen a lot of African animals. The crocodile came to mind as I watched the sunset. I wondered what their favorite meal was and whether they hunted at night.
Here are a couple of tour boats getting their permits for the Chobe National Park. All boats had to get them and there were a lot of boats going into the park. We had to get a permit, too.
There are two things that people recommend doing when you are in Botswana and near the Chobe National Park. The first is to take a river cruise down the Chobe River. In this picture you can see the front part of our boat and the Captain giving a welcome speech to the group on board the boat. It was a rather large boat. We cruised the Chobe River for about three hours. I recommend the cruise and I believe it was probably worth the price, although I’m not aware of the cost as it was included in the price of the overland trip. But, the overland trip that I took had very few inclusions in the cost of the trip so I figured if this was included, it must not have cost much. The cruise was very good. The captain was pretty funny. Plus he was good at letting us know what was going on.
Chobe, Botswana is not just one of the great game parks of Africa. It’s a town as well. Well, actually, I don’t thing there is a town with the name of of Chobe. It’s more like there’s few towns in the Chobe region. I’m not sure if this is the only post office in the area, but it’s located at one of the most modern shopping center in the area. Generally, when you get to towns of any size in Africa, you will find that there is a shopping center that is anchored by the local supermarket. The post office in the picture was actually in the town of Kasane, Botswana.