Our last stop through Botswan was the Magkadikgadi National Park and, although it has been hit quite hard by poachers, it is still an amzing place to visit. We did not see any predators or Rhino in the park but we did see hundreds of Zebra as they flocked down to drink from the now permanent river which formed in 2008. I have no idea why it suddenly appeared in this otherwise baron landscape of dust and thorn trees but it has formed an oasis for the animals to get what they need. Water. I managed to sneak out of my car and get down low as the Zebra lapped up the river water.
Cheetah are most certainly a treat to see in the wild, if you’re lucky enough that is! We haven’t seen them often in the wild and on the rare occasion that we have, they’ve usually been far off in the distance with no photo oppertunities. While on our trip through Botswana recently, I spotted these 2 from a long way off… They were relaxing in the early morning sun on top of a Termite mound. It was picture perfect so I decided to take the road that would lead us right next to them but as we approached, they got scared and ran off! I really thought we had lost them but we managed to keep our eyes on them as they went from Termite mound to Termite mound and finally close enough for me to snap this shot with my 400mm lens. I think it was a mother and her not so young cub. Pitty about the collar around her neck.
I recently camped at “Ihaha” camp in Chobe National Park, right on the banks of the Chobe River. Early morning drives were always a success as the daytime animals started getting ready for whatever may lie ahead. Troops of Chacma Baboons would come down from their tree-top sleeping places to get some sun and grooming time in before heading off to find food in the bush. I always like to turn my car off and sit and watch them for a while, it can be quite comical to watch the young enteracting the the adults, the photographic oppertunities are actually endless. These guys were just a few km’s from where we camped.
Seeing a Leopard in the wild is probably one of the best things you can experience when on a Safari. The only time it’s not so fun is when there are 300 tour operators loaded with tourirsts, all trying to get a glimps of the elusive cat. We were soo lucky in Chobe when my wife, “Sarah” spotted this Leopard sleeping just on the side of the dirt track. We were there for a long time, just enjoying the moment and shooting photos. It’s always nice to see how excited other people are when you show them what you have spotted… It was nice to not have one tour operator vehicle in site!
Shooting photos of the stars isn’t something you get to do very often, especially when living in a big city where the sky is poluted with lights and smog. You gotta get far away from it all, to a place where the nights are so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. I took these photos on a recent trip through Botswana’s Kalahari Wilderness where everynight was filled with the sounds of the bush and the Milkyway in the sky. There are no fences in the campsites where we stayed so it was a little scary setting up the photos as I always knew I was being watched, I’m just glad the Hyena’s made off with our 25L water can and NOT my camera and tripod!
It’s really hard to believe that anything can survive out in the Namib Desert but, it’s even harder to believe these birds can make it! It’s dry and baron for as far as the eye can see yet, there they are, goin on about their day. The largest birds in the world, living in one of the driest places in the world.