Botswana – Day 4 (Part 7)

Although this trip to Zambia and Botswana was cut by a day because travel arrangements were changed, we still ended up rating it as one of the best tours we have ever done.  This is mainly because of the amount we fitted into each day.  I guess this might not have been true for travellers that were not interested in the wildlife, but then they probably wouldn’t have chosen this tour.  Here we go again for the afternoon/evening game drive today.

Even if we couldn’t live in harmony with the hippos (see this post), it seems like this Heron had no problem with his hippo relationship.

Hippos and a Heron

Sorry, yet another dragonfly conveniently perched.

Dragonfly

We met another family of elephants that just marched on by.

Elephant March

Elephant March

Wait for me, my legs are shorter than yours.

Wait for me

Warthogs.  Interesting how sometimes they kneel to eat.

Warthogs

Hippo with a happy grin being pampered by some oxpeckers.

A Big Grin

A family of Egyptian Geese.

Egyptian Geese & Goslings

We sat and watched this group of Chacma Baboons for a while.  It was amusing to watch the youngster playing and generally making a nuisance of himself to the adults, who just sat quietly and let him get on with it.

Baboon Family Fun

I want to play!

What's this?

The big fella was keeping a wary eye on things throughout.

Watching

Three Birds and a Baboon seems like a good title for the next one.  I think what we have is a Glossy Ibis, an Egyptian Goose and an Openbilled Stork, but as always I am ready to be corrected.  The baboon was one of the same large troop that the earlier images also came from.

Three Birds and a Baboon

A male Sable antelope.

Sable

A Giraffe doing the splits.  If they are designed to feed from trees, why do they like grass?

Giraffe

The next couple of images depict a very sad event.  The elephant, initially seen in the water, was lame, and unable to follow the rest of the family group away from the river for the night.  In fact, we think he was standing in the water to help ease the pain in his leg.  These animals often trek some distance from the water to spend the night, and to eat, and then return to the water next day.  Being unable to get to food, it seems that the future for this animal was dire.  There are strict rules that prevent human intervention to help the wildlife and our guide thought that this elephant would not survive for many more days.

Poorly Elephant

It was clear to us that the family group really did not want to leave the sick elephant, but eventually they left as the sun started to set.

Chobe Elephant Sunset

Just as the light was fading, our driver heard over his radio that one of the other guides had found a lioness.  As it was getting dark, and we had to be out of the reserve ourselves by a certain time, our driver rushed to meet with the one providing the intelligence.

Lioness in the evening

We watched as the lioness lazed in the dying light, which did make photography difficult.  She rolled and stretched before eventually getting to her feet and walking up to our vehicles, and straight past us within not much more than an arm’s length.  This story was also a little sad, as she was apparently one of three sisters, but the other two had recently been killed in a road accident on the nearby highway.  She now had to hunt alone and fend for herself.

Lioness in the evening

The next photo was taken in extremely low light and is of a hare, the guide said a Scrub Hare.

Scrub Hare

And finally, for today, another sunset with the bonus of a couple of geese in the foreground.

Chobe Sunset

I’m afraid that I have another two days of wildlife shots from the Chobe.  If you can stand it please come back and have a look.  I will try to be selective.

If you want to see the trip from the start, it can be found here.

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16 thoughts on “Botswana – Day 4 (Part 7)

    • Dee and I are now of an age that we wouldn’t be confident enough to go it alone so we go on group ‘package holiday’ tours. It’s true you can get closer to life travelling independently, but having someone ‘organise’ you does also mean that you can squeeze more into a short trip of 1-2 weeks. Our experience of this, after 3 trips to Africa, maintains that view. Our son has done it independently, and enjoyed it, but I doubt that he has seen any more wildlife. If you go once, you will probably want to go back.

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  1. Really nice photographs here. Loving the giraffe and the hare photo. I have never been to Africa yet, but it is next on my list. Gotta love the travel/photography combination, yeah? Thanks for sharing with us,

    Nate

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    • Thank you, and thanks for looking. Africa is great for wildlife photography in particular. Once you have been, you will want to return. We would like to make it to South America sometime, but it isn’t in our immediate plan, mainly because of cost.

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  2. I’m loving the giraffe doing the splits. The images of the elephants at sunset really work for me too. Sad that they had to leave one of the family behind. Africa is definitely on my bucket list.

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    • Thanks Adrian. Watch this space for more of the Baboon. I nearly didn’t post the shot of the Hare because I was on a high ISO for my Olympus E-520, which is not very forgiving for image ‘noise’. It was pretty heavily filtered using Neat Image. Also the colours were way off as recorded.

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  3. Hi Dave,
    You’re a lucky son of a gun! 🙂 I’m filled with envy every time I see where you are. Enjoy yourself my friend, I just came back from a trip to West Florida myself, looking for more birds. I had a lot of fun!

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    • I was lucky that we chose this trip. It was great. Sadly, I am sitting at home at the moment recounting the trip that we took a couple of years ago. We do remember it fondly though, and wonder whether the next trip will be as successful. Let’s hope so. Thanks for commenting and please let us see your Florida birds. Dave

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