Habitat along the Chobe River is a mixture of open grass-covered floodplains, riverine forest, dry savannah and acacia woodland. We will have excellent opportunities of viewing elephant, buffalo, zebra, red lechwe, puku and the very rare sable and roan antelopes in beautiful riverine habitat. Hippos and Nile crocodiles are abundant and over 450 bird species have been recorded in the area, many of them spectacular. African Fish Eagles are plentiful as well as colourful bee-eaters and kingfishers, numerous water fowl, herons and cranes. Sought-after species including Pel’s Fishing Owl, White backed Night Heron, Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane may also be seen. The park was established in 1968 and has a land extent of approximately 11,700 square kilometres, which makes it the third largest park in Botswana. Back in the 1800’s this area was inhabited by David Livingstone and many of the big game hunters of the day. These days conservation is the principle activity that ensures the long term survival of the inhabitants of this key region in Africa. Botswana is known for its spectacular sunsets and because we are travelling there in the dry season, when the sun dips into the dusty horizon it turns the sky into a series of fiery pinks and reds. When combined with the reflections on the water and possibility of animals at the river’s edge, the photo opportunities are outstanding.