Botswana Khwai, Savute, Chobe Safari: A Favorite Sighting? …

Fanus Shares from the Botswana Khwai, Savute, Chobe SafariSafari: A Favourite Sighting? …

Hoping to see the residents of a Hyena den we arrived there just as the sun started to peep above the horizon.

9 Fanus a Hyena BOC-1

This was the cue for not only the adults but also a youngster or two to emerge into the early dawn and start their morning greetings and interactions. The youngsters were particularly cute and playful as they ran excitedly up to the adults, nipped, rolled, and jumped around.

We moved on and encountered a group of newcomers to the area – five lionesses. No one knows which pride they come from – or which of the surrounding areas is their home. They were very relaxed and we were enjoying photographing them …

That is, until they abruptly leaped up together and bolted away into some thick bush cover. Ach! We were so disappointed – it had been going so well. But at least we had bagged some pretty good images …

This afternoon we decided to try and find a pack of Wild Dogs that we heard about during our lunch break.

Our progress to the dogs was pretty slow, however. First we stopped for some large elephants drinking at the river, –

9 Fanus Elephants and Warthogs BOC-1

– and then a little further on we met another female Leopard. We simply had to stop to photograph each of these …

9 Fanus Leopard in Tree Khwai BOC-1

We found the Wild Dogs. Great! They were very active, and we could see that they were going through their rituals prior to starting a hunt. We got some super images of the interactions between the members of the pack before they set off on their hunt. They ran, stopped now and then to peer around and listen carefully and then ran on again. We followed them until they (unfortunately for us) moved into a neighboring territory where we were unable to follow.

After sundowners we enjoyed my favorite encounter of the day! You would think that with a leopard, lions, elephants, hyenas and Wild Dog, that this would pale by comparison. But no! This was my personal highlight of the day. What was it? A little Galago, or Nagapie as we call them. This little fellow put on a splendid show for us as he leaped from tree to tree and branch to branch right next to our vehicle. Then he finished off his display with a fabulous 6 meter leap right over the road. Wonderful!

And that was the end to our day in the wonder filled, untouched African bush. Now for our supper under the stars and then to bed with the sounds of the African bush to lull us to sleep. Sigh! This is bliss indeed!

Tomorrow we would like to just get out there and enjoy it again …

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