I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news is that we were not attacked by any other animal throughout the rest of our trip. Hallelujah. We can all breathe easy.
,The bad news is that, despite my best efforts, I was unable to squeeze the rest of our trip (the remaining eight days) into just one post…so you’ll have to bear with me just a little bit longer. Just one more, promise! Then we can talk about fun things like our wedding, Chicago, and food.
Not necessarily in that order though. Cool?
As you can imagine, our honeymoon definitely took a little bit of a turn after the elephant charge/vehicle flipping incident. I would love to say that I got over it in a second, and everything was hunky dory after that, but I would be lying.
The rest of our trip was amazing, but it definitely impacted the remainder of our time in Botswana. As I mentioned in my previous post, the manager of our first camp warned us that the second camp we would be traveling to (located nearby Chobe National Park) had a large population of elephants.
It’s not that I really thought that the same thing would happen again. The elephant that charged us clearly thought we were encroaching on its personal space, or was simply doing what it felt necessary to protect the rest of its herd (and most likely, babies). Who really knows?
Elephants have incredible memories and, as one guide told us, Botswana is bordered by the country of Namibia, which unfortunately has a high rate of elephant poaching. Poachers will often travel from Namibia to Botswana, which has one of the highest populations of elephants in the entire continent of Africa. Either way, I still love elephants. They were one of the animals I was most looking forward to seeing during our safari, and I will always love them.
I just didn’t particularly feel like being up, close, and personal with them at that point…
We briefly considered rearranging our itinerary and going somewhere else, but at the end of the day, we had planned this trip more than a year in advance and we wanted to experience all of it.
In hindsight, that might not have been the wisest decision, but nonetheless, the following morning we decided to continue on our trip as planned.
Since our flight was not leaving until the following afternoon, we decided to skip the morning game drive option and take a relaxing boat ride in the surrounding Okavango Delta. Although we didn’t see nearly as much wildlife, it ended up being a welcome change as we got to see many different kinds of birds, water plants, and it gave us the chance to experience the landscape in different way.