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Crocodile Snap Shot

A crocodile basking atop a hippopotamus in the Okavango Delta
A crocodile basking atop a hippopotamus in the Okavango Delta, by Gene Brown

A double feature on an African game drive

You’ll see something different each time you go to Africa, even if you visit the same places, says Gene Brown.

When Brown was on his 10th trip to Africa, he captured this photo of a crocodile basking atop a hippopotamus.

“The croc seems to be giving directions to the hippo,” Brown says.

Brown and his wife, who live outside Sequim, Washington, were on a game drive in the Okavango Delta, home to some of the largest crocodiles in the world. They were in Botswana, which Brown recommends for its stable government and wildlife preservation.

On an earlier trip to the Kalahari Desert, meerkats hopped on his wife’s shoulders to survey their surroundings.

“The look on her face was priceless,” Brown says. “She was just blown away. She had a big grin on her face.”

But the best memory was a couple trips ago when they encountered a breeding herd of about 40 to 50 elephants and calves.

“Our guide pulled over and said, ‘Get out and don’t make a move, just sit on the ground.’ Sure enough the whole herd walked right by us,” Brown says. “It was a magical moment.”

– This story originally appeared in the September/October 2020 edition of the AAA Washington member magazine, Journey.

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