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Day 4: Kasane
It was Sunday, so we got up early and went to church in Kasane with Corn. They have such a small group, that they just meet in someones house. It was an incredible experience though. The people were so amazing and inspiring. There are only about 13 members of the church here, but they are so strong. Our big group tripled their attendance, so they were very happy to have us there.
After church, we just went back to the campsite and spent the rest of the day eating (shocker) and playing games. Lee and I had the entire group going crazy with a “mind reading” game we were playing. I think at one point some of them were starting to believe we had ESP because they could not figure out how we were reading each others minds! It was pretty fun to see grown adults getting so frustrated and confused.
Other than that, it was a pretty relaxing day, not much to report.
Day 5: Kasane
This was our last day in Kasane and it was set aside for resting before our trip to Victoria Falls the next day. But we didn’t want to just sit around camp all day again when there were animals to see! So Paul, Lee and I decided we were going to get up at 5am and go for our own morning drive. Paul’s daughter Katie (14) decided she wanted to go with us too. So we headed to the gates at Chobe and actually had to wait for the worker to get there so we could pay to go in. So we were literally the first people in the park. So we got to see an amazing sunrise.
We came upon a pride of lion, so of course we were excited to just sit and watch them. But they were on the move. By this time, most of the guided morning game drive vehicles were around, so there were about 10 cars all trying to watch these lions. So we followed them up and down the road for a bit. Then, all of the sudden we saw an impala frozen in its tracks. It was trying so hard not to be seen by these lions. We of course were hoping they did see it cause we wanted to see a chase. But the impala was spared and the lions walked right passed it. But just a little further there were several Sable hanging around. They were not so lucky. The lions saw them and immediately went into stalker mode. It was unbelievable to see. It is amazing how their demeanor and walk completely changes when they are on the prowl. The Sable saw what was coming, so they took off running across the road in front of our car. The lions, walking quickly, but still pretty stealth like, then crossed the road after them. As soon as they were on the other side of the road the lions took off running for them. Unfortunately the bush was too thick and we couldn’t see much after that. But soon the lions came back and it didn’t seem that they had made the kill. We were a little disappointed, but were so excited that we got to at least see some stalking.
The rest of the drive was nice. We saw the same animals we had seen before, but you never get tired of it. We did see 2 Silver-backed Jackal out in an open field, but they were obviously on someone elses turf. All of the sudden, out of nowhere, an entire group of Mongoose started coming over a little hill toward the jackals. We watched this group of mongoose get closer and closer, and eventually they started playing tag with the jackal. They would chase one and then he would chase them back. This went on for a few minutes when eventually the group of mongoose won. The jackals ran off away from the pesty mongoose.
We also got to see 2 giraffe play fighting. We assume it was a father/son duo and that the father was teaching the son how to spar. They were standing right next to each other, but would drop their long necks down and swing their head right into the other ones body. They did this back and forth, back and forth for at least 5 minutes.
We also got to see a few elephants out in the deep water swimming. Sometimes it almost looked like they were dunking each other under the water. I guess they play just like humans!
|Look in the background for the swimming ellies|
We dont have any great pics of any of the Sable we saw, but I wanted to post one so you could see how beautiful they are and how huge their horns are.And a little baby baboon... looks like Dobby from Harry Potter!
After our drive we met the rest of the group at a nearby resort and went swimming. By this point, our campsite pool was now part of the river. So we went there to cool off from a most miserably hot day. Then headed off to KFC (oh yeah baby) for ice cream. On the way back, this elephant was just walking down the street right in front of our camp.
Day 6: Kasane/Victoria Falls
Got up and packed up camp, which took a lot longer than expected. Then headed off for Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. It is only about an hour away, but with the border post, it took longer.
We got to our campsite and started setting up camp, AGAIN! This camp was really nice with a really big, nice pool and bar area. And you could see the mist from Vic Falls from our tents.
That night as we sat around camp a group came by to see if we would like them to perform. I have dreamed of seeing an African tribal performance like this for years, and we got our own private showing. They were so amazing. I think their voices were beautiful. I could have listened and watch them all night. It was such a cool experience to watch them. Unfortunately, or fortunately… depending on who you ask, when they chose to pull someone from the crowd to dance with them, they pulled the fat, pregnant lady! Hahahaha! So you might want to cover your eyes for these videos!! It was a blast though. Next time you see Lee, ask him to do an impression of me dancing up there!
I guess Lee was embarrassed because he turned off the video as soon as I got up there!