Account Takeover – Clive Millar
Last week’s #ThisIsChobe account takeover featured Clive Millar from Safari and Guide Services based in Kasane. Below is a collection of Clive’s favourite Chobe images with some interesting stories to go with them. You can also read more about Clive in the bio below the photo collection. Thanks to Clive for sharing with us.
Why Chobe, we asked Clive? “Wildlife wildlife wildlife – this is the heart and soul of Chobe and why I or anyone working in the safari word would live here. From waking up in the morning to find that an elephant has carried out arboreal maintenance around my house or avoiding buffalos on my arrival at the office, it beats the hustle and bustle of the London Tube. Of course we face the typical (and slightly less typical) frustrations of work but if you’ve had a difficult day there’s nothing more therapeutic than stopping at the side of the road on the way home to watch the ellies go by. In short, ellies in the morning, ellies in the afternoon and ellies in the evening!”
“While driving in the park in 2015 my wife and I, in the company of #ThisisChobe supremo James Wilson, came across a herd of elephants crowding round one lying on the ground. We thought at first it was sleeping but it suddenly dawned on us that we were witnessing one of the most emotive yet fascinating pieces of animal interaction – elephants mourning. The cow can’t have died more than an hour or two prior to our arrival having taken her last drink at the river.The small herd crowded round her (although if it was her immediate family I couldn’t say), touching, nudging and pushing her. We watched this about 30 minutes before they slowly began to move off. This took some time as they would move away, then turn round a come back again to continue their ritual. Whether it was simply our human emotion I can’t say, but if elephants can express melancholy I would say that, when the herd finally left, it was with a tear in their collective eye.” – Clive Millar
Thank you to Clive for sharing your Chobe photos with us. If you have a Chobe experience you would like to share on ThisIsChobe or would like to be featured in one of our account takeovers feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. remember to keep sharing your Chobe posts with #ThisIsChobe.
I grew up in the Highlands of Scotland and have been running around in the outdoors for as long as I can remember. I have lived in the UK, Ecuador, Spain, Zimbabwe and Botswana and travelled all over the world. In a varied career which has taken me from being a chartered surveyor to running canoe safaris, I learnt to speak fluent Spanish and was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I’m the safari industry representative for Chobe, an Honorary Wildlife Officer and am at home anywhere I can play my bagpipes and guitar.