Open wide, Mr Hippo! (AM cruise – 14 May 2016)
Our first photographic boat cruise started around 7am and minutes after we officially entered the Chobe National Park we were welcomed by a very playful troop of Chacma baboons. Parents sat grooming each other as babies and their older siblings rushed up and down the main trunk of the tree they had slept in. Smaller branches were used as a jungle gym as the little ones showed off their agility in stunning morning light.
A lot of time was spent photographing hippos in the water, hoping that they would yawn, lock jaws or splash around. Drinking impalas were also within range of our lenses, as were a great variety of water birds, including African fish eagles and -jacanas, grey herons, little egrets and Egyptian geese, which zoomed past us noisily on more than one occasion.
The Pangolin Photo Safaris boats are such a joy to photograph from, providing support for heavy lenses and the opportunity to photograph animals and birds at eye-level over the water.