Okavango Machaba Safari: An Amorous Lechwe …

Villiers reports from Okavango Machaba: An Amorous Lechwe …
By lunchtime we were all here at beautiful Machaba, and scrambled to get ready for our first game drive.
Knowing that the area is particularly famous for its elephant population, we were keen to see a large herd. Large herd? Well, try more than 100 that we encountered within minutes after leaving the lodge.
9 Elephants
The herd was strung out along the river, enjoying the water, splashing, drinking, bathing. What luck to see so many at one spot. And there were so many youngsters and little ones, all up to their fun and games.
The late afternoon light was magnificent as we left the the elephants, only to stop a few minutes later at a large open plain where the sun sent long slanting rays to provide perfect backlighting for the animals roaming on the plain.
9 Impala 2 1-2
There was even a very amorous Lechwe who tried his best to mate with a number of very reluctant females. He chased different females this way and that, but was unable to persuade them …
9 Impala
Meanwhile the bird life is as spectacular as ever. Among so many others, the Saddle-billed Storks, Long-toed Lapwings, Coppery-tailed Coucals, and of course the iconic Fish Eagles just have to be mentioned. It is just so special to see them again and to capture stunning photographs of their beauty.
We have heard that a leopard has been spotted close to the Lodge – and we plan to start the morning with a search for his tracks …