How close do you get to elephants in Chobe National Park? I shot this image with an 18mm wide angle lens. I could have reached out and touched it.

I found myself somewhere the other day that I hadn’t been planning: Botswana.  I guess I never realized the ease of crossing borders in this part of Africa.  Before, borders meant three days waiting in a capital.  This border was crossed on a whim. My destination in Boswana was Chobe National Park.were I hitched on with Kalahari Tours for a 2 day safari.  It was essentially a wildlife photographer’s dream location.  When we first entered Chobe National Park, I asked our guide to stop for an elephant I spotted while up on the hill.  He responded with “sure, but we’ll see lots more.”  Still, I didn’t want to risk it and took about 10 snaps of the elephant about a kilometer away.  Over the next two days in Chobe National Park, I would estimate I saw some 500 elephants.  Moreover, we saw dozens of giraffe, loads of hippos, a couple lions, and a wild variety other animals. What I’m showing you here is a mere collection of photos I took while on safari in Chobe National Park.  One could easily spend months shooting the park and not take a single bad image.  I hope you enjoy looking at the photos half as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Chobe National Park
How close do you get to elephants in Chobe National Park? I shot this image with an 18mm wide angle lens. I could have reached out and touched it.
Monitor Lizard, Chobe National Park
This is meant to be a monitor lizard… I’m fairly sure it’s actually a dinosaur. Or a dragon
elephant, mud bath, Chobe National Park
Elephants take baths the exact same way I do… with mud.
There is so much wildlife in Chobe National Park that after a while you aren't satisfied with photos of just one animal.  These are a couple impala hanging out with an elephant
There is so much wildlife in Chobe National Park that after a while you aren’t satisfied with photos of just one animal. These are a couple impala hanging out with an elephant
If you've been following my on twitter @brendanvanson, you'll know how I feel about hippos: #WarOnHippos
If you’ve been following my on twitter @brendanvanson, you’ll know how I feel about hippos: #WarOnHippos
bird and elephant, Chobe National Park
Little meets big
Hippo, Chobe National Park
Oh you fancy, huh? Hippos kill more people than any other any animal in Africa… and for what? They are vegetarians! #WarOnHippos
A couple warring male elephants
A couple young bulls having a bit of a battle on the beach.
Look at the hippos just laying around in the water... get a job already #WarOnHippos
Look at the hippos just laying around in the water… get a job already #WarOnHippos
Baby elephant Chobe National Park
Spot the baby elephant
Chobe National Park
Run Dumbo, run!
Chobe National Park
Cuteness along the Chobe River in Botswana
Sable, Chobe National Park
A male sable, perhaps the coolest of the many antelopes in Chobe.
Lilac-breasted roller, Chobe National Park
This is a lilac-breasted roller, one of the most beautiful birds in Africa
Chobe National Park, camping
The camp in Chobe National Park. No fences here, just you and nature.
impala, Chobe National Park
An impala in the morning light.
water buffalo, Chobe National Park
A herd of water buffalo crossing the river.
Chobe National Park, giraffe
So many giraffe in Chobe.
Chobe National Park
I wanted them to make a heart shape with their necks like in cartoons, but this will do
Chobe National Park
Another lilac-breasted Roller
Chobe National Park, lion
A young lioness waiting to hunt
zebra, Chobe National Park
What’s cooler than a zebra? A baby zebra!
stork, Chobe National Park
I can’t remember the name of this stork, but it was rad. Here it’s stomping through the waters trying to bring fish up from the mud.
Giraffes, Chobe National Park
Jed and Jeff the Giraffes
Baboons, Chobe National Park
Baboons are bastards, but at least they don’t try to act like they’re not. You gotta respect them for staying true to who they are!

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