Saturday, September 21, 2013

My final Chobe game drive...in the Pangolin Unimog.


It was full moon on Thursday, 19/09/2013...
When we left for our morning game drive on the 20th,
it was still visible.


This was to be my first game drive in a Unimog...
A vehicle that was first built in 1947, in post war Germany,
it has seen action in a variety of different guises.
From snow-ploughs to fire trucks...
Their most recent incarnation is the the Dakar Rally.
High ground clearance and permanent 4-wheel drive is an asset on a game drive.


I noticed this family of Warthogs rummaging
 in the garbage in the centre of Kasane!

Our morning activity was to take place here... 

We were looking for cats...
and we found them.
 
This lioness was part of a group that had taken an interest in a herd of Buffalo.
The latter were NOT interested in becoming the "meal-du-jour"...
And chased the pride away.

This Honey Badger was going about its business,
with no rival in sight...
and then we arrived.


Killer, our driver and guide,
was able to mimic the call of the badger...
and was able to get it to turn and take an interest in us.


It soon realized that although we made the right sounds,
we did not look like part of the species and it trotted off.

This is the only problem with a National Park...
Game drive traffic jam!
The problem is not specific to Chobe, but to every National Park in Africa.
A real pity when it comes to predator sightings,
when each vehicle is trying to get the best vantage point.  

This is the Serondela Leopard...
We found her and her cub in this Shepard Tree enjoying an Impala kill.
Because of the number of vehicles surrounding the tree she decided to "stay put"
and only offer glimpses of  herself.
The cub was impossible to see clearly.
Just behind this tree were a pair of Buffalo,
and to the left , a small herd of Elephant!
Three of the Big 5 in  300m radius of each other!
The park does not have Rhino.


This picnic spot is on the banks of the Chobe River
and allows guests to get out of their vehicles.


This is a Carmine Bee-eater,
one of many that were in the trees at the rest stop. 

The Vervet Monkeys were a nuisance,
until they spotted the Leopards...
and they then left us alone,
and took to the trees to shout warnings to each other. 

It is very dry in Chobe at the moment
with the rains only due in November.
This elderly female elephant is showing both her age and lack of nutrients.
Many might die at this time of year, but they offer food to the predators

 
The various Vulture species made short work of an elephant carcass


The squabbling establishes the pecking order
and makes certain that all get enough to eat. 

Part of the last elephant herd that we saw... 

Looking for food... 

Our last sighting of the game drive...
and the trip.
I head back to Johannesburg later today.
Once again, thanks to Grant Atkinson for the photographic tips and tricks.
A great guy to have on a vehicle.

 
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