Botswana – The Elephants of Chobe National Park

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I adore elephants. I love the way they walk, the swish of their tales and the way they splash themselves with water from their trunks while having a bath and a drink.

Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park

I’ve been lucky enough to see wild ones in Africa and ridden behind on their backs behind their trusted mahouts (elephant trainers) in Asia. But I saw them in their greatest numbers in the beautiful Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park

The Chobe River winds like a ribbon through the heart of the park and a river cruise provided a superb vantage point to see a herd of around 30 elephants. It seemed a lot of elephants to me, although Botswana has some of the highest concentrations of elephants anywhere in Africa and there are believed to be as many as 70,000 living among the swamps, floodplains and woodland of Chobe.

Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park

We watched as the elephants ambled along beside the river and then stopped to drink at the water’s edge. Some splashed around to cool off, the young calves copying their five-tonne parents, as we studied their actions and stayed just out of range of their water cannon trunks.

Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park

On the way back we also had a close encounter with a cantankerous hippo. Great memories and I hope one day to this beautiful corner of Africa.

Botswana - The Elephants of Chobe National Park
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Duncan Mills is a journalist with a passion for travel and photography. He's visited more than sixty countries on six continents and was the deputy editor of Traveller magazine prior to joining the AB internal communications agency in 2013. Duncan is also a co-founder of And Publishing, a contract publishing company that provides travel content for websites, magazines and brochures.

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