|NASA view of Okavango Delta, with national borders added (from wikipedia).
|This should give you an idea of where the camp is relative to the Okavango Delta.
|Dining area at Chitabe Lediba
|Leaving for the hunt
Note the stalking position of this lioness.
|Dust from the buffalo and one lioness to the right
|Were these the guys the lions were stalking the previous night?
The next morning, after a 6 a.m. wake-up drumming and some hot tea delivered to our tent, we went out to see if we could find them again. We didn't see the lions that day but we did find another herd of buffalo. It was interesting to see how they have male sentries surrounding the females and young ones, as you can see from the photo above.
The area had some vast plains with concentrations of trees and shrubs here and there. That meant a variety of different animals, such as this older giraffe. How can you tell he/she is old? By how dark the areas between the spots are.
There were so many interesting birds that I will probably never see again, like these wattled cranes that are almost six feet tall.
|Francolin chick that didn't make it.
Life in the wild can be difficult, especially for the newborns.
|Baboons and termite mound
The highlight of this day (and any day, ha!) was our leopard sighting, a 3-4 year old female.
|Now you see me, now you don't?
What a master at blending in this leopard was!
|Several tsessebee, a type of antelope, and one impala
|Wildebeest running away
We didn't see as many animals this day but I did finally see my first wildebeest.
|Every afternoon I captured in a diary what we saw and did. Yes, this is a tent!
|Morning nap. Note the gash on the lioness' nose.
The next morning, our final morning at this camp, we found three beautiful lionesses and one handsome lion.
And then it was time to catch a little plane to our next camp, Duba Plains. More about that in my next post!
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2014. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.