The Chobe (Not the Lakers Guard)


The Chobe River is the border between Botswana and Zambia. My afternoon yesterday was in a riverboat, a few metres from Elephants, Monkeys, Crocodiles, Buffalo and Hippos. The Hippos were actually swimming alongside the boat! Families of Elephants looked inquisitively at me as the shutter opened and closed hundreds of times. The large bull chased away antelope, protecting his family as hippos grazed in the distance.

I have seen these animals many times in zoos and animal parks, but seeing a family of more than twenty elephants drinking from the river is a sight that is truly priceless.

As our afternoon progressed, the sky became dark and angry. I could see a wall of water in the distance, so I rushed to get all my gear back into my camera bag and secure the rain cover. As the wave of rain approached, thunderclaps became more frequent and the lightshow was extraordinary. The rain had started all at once, as if someone had turned a giant faucet on.

It seems that every day is better than the last on this expedition and it does not feel like a month has passed since I began this year’s adventure.

Chobe River Crocodile

Chobe River Crocodile


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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