Looking at the sun rising across the Chobe River from Ihaha Camp, Chobe National Park, Botswana. On the left is a submerged hippo grazing water plant delectables. We noticed him the previous evening. During the night he came ashore and grazed the grass around the campsite. We could hear him quietly walking around while we snored safely in our Toyota Hi-Lux overcab tents. Our safari guide slept in a tent on the ground, and even though he was busting for a pee there was no way he was poking his head outside with a hippo munching around his tent!
I sometimes get night cramps, and had placed my bag at the foot of my bed so I could press my feet against it and relieve the muscle spasms, not realising the bottom fly zip was open. In the wee hours I stretched my feet against my bag, and it was sent flying out the tent and went bomp, bomp, bomp, de bomp, crash, down the ladder! I had to crawl out of the tent into the pitch blackness with only my headlamp for weak light, climb down the ladder and retrieve it, taking the quick opportunity for a pee while down there hoping the hippo had been scared off by the noise. Our fearless guide never poked his head out of his tent, preferring to leave me to chance it with our hippo!
|Here's our hippo friend.|
|Our friend is in the water on the left. |
Our brave guide's tent so close to the water.
|Safari camping. There are 2 tents that fold out in minutes, and accessed by a ladder. |
Lions aren't supposed to be able to climb ladders....
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