"Game Drives: The Reason Most People Come" Top 5 Page for this destination Chobe National Park Things to Do Tip by glabah

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  Baboons cross road - after impatient tourists left
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  • Baboons cross road - after impatient tourists left - Chobe National Park
      Baboons cross road - after impatient tourists left
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  • Blatently Male Lion - sunning himself in the road - Chobe National Park
      Blatently Male Lion - sunning himself in the road
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  • Baboons: romping in the bushes - Chobe National Park
      Baboons: romping in the bushes
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The basics of game drives: to view the wildlife, you will be in open sided vehicles for several hours. Therefore, be prepared. This may include rain gear, camera equipment, sun screen, or whatever else you may need to keep you comfortable.

Now, here is a very odd part of the game drives here: due to high-end European tourist influence, I found that it is very common for the game drives to come equipped with "refreshments" for their guests. This may include wine or other such beverages, or in fine British tradition, tea. Some snacks are provided as well.

Don't get impatient: the baboons crossed the road directly in front of us, giving us great photos. The previous load of tourists got impatient and demanded their guide leave in search of other animals to watch.

Don't do anything stupid: if a lion is less than 10 feet from you, don't stick your hand out and announce yourself as being food.

Animals are more lively in the cool part of the day, so game drives do tend to get started early in the morning because that is the nature of the hunt. Bring camera equipment that is good in dim lighting (high speed film, or digital equipment that can deal with low level light without using the flash). Even if it were OK to use a flash (and hitting an elephant with a camera flash early in the morning can have...results that are bad for you) you would never get the flash to reach the distances you would need to have them reach. See the Game Drive photo on my Chobe home page for an example of typical conditions.

If you don't see anything, don't be surprised. Animals are unpredictable. Sometimes they can't be found.

Lastly: Don't be disappointed when your photos don't do justice to the wildlife. No matter how good you are, it just can't all be captured - on film or digital.

Directions: These should be organized before you arrive in the area. You will want to go with a reputable guide that hasn't had people get killed. I used the tours that left from my lodging at the Chobe Game Lodge, organized by Bushtracks Africa.

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  • Updated Aug 20, 2007
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