Early Morning Jeep Safari
Gordon, our guide for the next five days, met us at the end of the dirt air strip in the heart of the Okavango Delta with a warm smile, a cool and clean damp cloth and a congenial disposition. During the 30-minute drive along the winding road of powdery sand he pointed out at least 20 different big-game and aviary animal species. Chitabe Camp is indeed in the "lap of luxury" when it comes to African Safari tent camps. With delicious meals, an openly friendly and eager-to-please staff and an abundance of well-fed animal life this photographer's dream is sure to satisfy the kid inside of you. Awaken on a crisply chilled July morning with the warmth of a bush baby water bottle between your sheets. Enjoy a sunrise jeep ride through the lush landscape of this perennial river delta as baby elephants frolic in muddy streams, jackals take a moment to check you out and a full-bellied male lion rolls to his feet following a postprandial morning nap. Lilac breasted rollers add a flitting flair of feathery color to a backdrop meant for the camera lens.