Khwai River Lodge (Okavango): Fabulous First Day …
(All images from Back of Villiers’ Camera)
News from Villiers Steyn:
We all met at Nata Lodge last evening and after a very jolly dinner and convivial after-dinner drinks we retired to bed in preparation for an early start this morning.
After a hearty breakfast we drove through to Maun where we filled our vehicles and enjoyed refreshments before starting on the road to Khwai River Lodge, which we reached at around 13h00.
We passed a few elephant bulls along the way as we travelled through Chobe National Park.
After lunch we had a fabulous first game drive. We headed straight to Lechwe Plains where hundreds Lechwe were visible as far as the eye could see. We photographed some of them with the beautiful sun setting behind them, and others as they ran back and forth along the Khwai River. It is mating season and the males are in rut, so there is plenty of activity as they chase the females around.
There were beautiful Fish Eagles along the edge of river. We managed some great shots of them taking off as well as some great flight shots.
In fact there is a huge amount of activity all along the water. We saw many crocodiles sunning themselves …
… and hippos in the water, while elephants could be spotted all along the river as the fed on the tall grass on the verge of the water.
In addition the amazing bird life never fails to be impressive. Open-billed Storks, Thick-knees, Egyptian Geese, Fish Eagles, and even Wattled Cranes. The latter are breeding in the area.
After delicious sundowners on the Plains we took out or flashes for images of elephants and of Lechwe with the red orb of the sun behind them.
It is looking green and lush here, with low water levels, which means that we can drive around the area easily. All in all we are really looking forward to tomorrow …