On my last Sunday before leaving Botswana, my alarm went off at 5 am. A group of us had paid for an early morning game drive because we knew there was a possibility of seeing animals we don’t typically see out in the afternoon. We (miraculously) made it to Chobe Safari Lodge by 5:45 to meet our guide and head into the park.
Except our safari car was the one with the flat tire (of course), so we waited and held the light while our trusty guide, Mbata, changed the tire. He asked us a lot of questions, one of which was “what do you want to say most today?” to which we all answered “a leopard!”
We knew they were rare and we probably wouldn’t see one. So, we’re going along the game drive, watching sunrise in the park, when all of a sudden people start yelling on Mbata’s radio, and he takes off down the road. We’re flying over the bumps, bouncing around in the car and laughing hysterically. We meet up with probably 20 other safari cars who are all looking into the bushes, we follow their eyes and BAM! A leopard. A real life leopard, we couldn’t believe this was actually happening. We followed it for a good 45 minutes before moving on.
The main animal we wanted to see and our last chance to see it in the park. It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had.