Volunteering at Patara Elephant Farm

Volunteering at Patara Elephant Farm

This post is a little overdue (I visited Patara Elephant Farm back in January), but I was waiting on some pictures from that day, and am just getting around to writing about it now.  I knew when I first decided to go to Thailand that I wanted to spend some time with elephants.  Elephants are one of my favorite animals.  I think that they are just fascinating and intelligent creatures.  Thailand has a problem with many elephants being mistreated in the tourism and manufacturing industries.  Elephants are chained up and beaten until…

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

Boat Cruise (Elephant Cruise) Our first activity at Chobe National Park was a cruise on the Chobe River.  The Chobe River acts as a border between Botswana and Namibia.  Our boat was very small, about the size of a pontoon boat, holding 7 people plus the captain.  Because it was mid-afternoon and the hottest part of the day, we didn’t think we’d see too many animals.  How wrong we would turn out to be… The first part of the cruise we did not many animals, mainly a pod of hippos…

Sipi Falls and Nairobi

Sipi Falls and Nairobi

Sipi Falls While not originally in my plans, I had heard only good things about Sipi Falls, a set of 3 waterfalls located in the rural mountains of Uganda, only a few hours away from Jinja.  I decided to head there next. It turned out to be a little more complex to get there than I had originally anticipated, and I had to switch dala-dalas four times until I finally reached the town of Sipi, a population of only a few thousand.  After spending some time recently in bustling cities…