As you know by now the Wild Eye team headed up to the Chobe River to check out the new dedicated photographic boat based at our lodge partners Ichobezi & Ichingo River Lodges. I shared some of my images in this blog post and the guys have showcased some incredible moments and images in their respective blog posts:
- Gerry van Der Walt : Slowing it Down in the Chobe
- Mark Dumbleton: Why I recommend the Chobe Safari
- Andrew “Badger” Aveley : Badger’s take on the Chobe
I’m going to take a slightly different approach on the Chobe experience and share the sort of experience that a non-photogrpahic partner would have on this trip. Many people are worried about their spouse or other half being bored to tears on a photographic safari, this is certainly not the case on the Chobe River though.
To show you this experience from a different point of view I’m going to use images taken on my iPhone.
Why you ask?
Well these days almost everyone has one which means that almost everyone can capture these sorts of images!
The experience of crusing down the river, pointing out herds of elephant and buffalo along the banks of the river from the comfort of your room, the jacuzzi, the bar, the top deck, or the lounge is truly a memorable one. For anyone that is used being driven around on safari in a game drive vehicle, this is a completely different yet complimentary experience. The tender boats are always on hand so if you feel the urge to step off the 8 sleeper houseboat for a closer look, all you have to do is ask!
Whether you’re on board the houseboat or out viewing game form the tender boat, the views across the Chobe River are something else. Apart from the Masai mara, these have to be some of the biggest skies I have seen. Add to that the variety and number of game in the region and this becomes a safari destination of note.
This image is one of my favourite iPhone images from the trip and was taken whilst the rest of the team were waiting for an African Darter to take flight. Late afternoons and early mornings are very special on the Chobe River as the dramatic clouds and colours of the sky are reflected in the still waters of the river. This was the sunset on our first evening on the trip:
The fact that the Ichobezi Houseboat is a Namibian operator means that the boat is able to dock on the Namibian banks of the Chobe River, directly opposite the Chobe National Park. This allowed us to take our tim in enjoying the sunsets along an isolated stretch of the river without any other boats in sight.
I mentioned the dramatic clouds a bit earlier and none were more dramatic than this massive storm cell that came in from the East one afternoon. For me, it was quite special being able to kick back on the front of the houseboat and watch as the clouds swirled in front of us, providing the Chobe National Park with some much needed rain.
The Chobe Safari experience is a unique one in that you get to choose how busy or relaxed you want it to be. If you simply want to join your photographic-crazy partner for the experience of a lifetime, you can do so without compromising on your own experience.
Even if you don’t want to head out on the dedicated photographic boat, there are guides on hand that will take you on your own tender boat to do a bit of birding, game viewing or even tiger fishing.
Its all up to you…
Interested in Joining us on a Chobe River Safari?
If this post has got you excited about a trip to the Chobe River, check out the full details on the trip here.
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