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The Chobe River is the designation given to the lower reach of the Kwando River.

This image is of the crusty halite surface of Nwetwe Pan in the Makgadikgadi area of the Kalahari Desert. On the horizon is the shoreline of a low lying island.

This image displays the ecotone created by the abrupt transition from marsh to semi-arid riverine forest along the northern bank of the Kwando River. Of particular note is the iconic African Baobab Adansonia digitata.

This herd of Cape buffalo is watering near dusk within one kilometer of the mainstem of the Luangwa River.

The upper part of the image lies in Zimbabwe and the lower portion is in Zambia. The primary vegetative community shown on both sides of the Zambezi is a shrub savanna, inhabited by lion, elephant, giraffe, hippo and other wildlife.

This lion is part of a pride of five, active in the hunt for prey in the dry season, when food is more scarce and concentrates near water sources.

This photograph was taken from a point within the Zambezi River looking into Zimbabwe.

Low altitude image of the July mostly exposed riverbed of the Luangwa River. Note the burnt areas of vegetation, revealing the swidden subsistence agrigultural practises. The aspect of this photograph is looking south or downriver.

This Nile Crocodile is literally floating down the Luangwa River past a pod of hippopotami. Note that the sand bottom river is sharply incised, as illustrated by the four lower mostly submerged hippos standing on the channel bottom, whilst the upper three hippos are resting or standing on a sand shelf elevated from the main incised channel by approximately two metres. The pH of these warm turbid waters tested as an alkaline 9.4. The photographer is standing at the edge of the river bank top looking south. Note that this July level of the river is greatly reduced from its wet season depth, which would cover the entire sandy shelf beyond the hippos; however, the water velocity in the main channel is not insignificant, carrying the crocodile downstream at approximately 0.3 metres per second.

This afternoon scene occurs at a natural watering hole somewhat south of the Kwando River. The alkaline water is retained from rainfall occurring months ago due to the highly impermeable clay soils. Note the termite mound approximately four metres in height in the background image left. The photographer is looking southeast. Camera position logged by GPS and accuracy is resolved to six metres.


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