Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Water water...waterhole sightings from these Extraordinary lodges




Seeing that these three camps share the Mluwati Concession,
I have combined baboon sightings that were enjoyed
 at the various lodge waterholes. 
Website details for each property at at the end of this posting
The lodges are managed by this Extraordinary company!

With no rain forecast and the ground very dry,
I had to look for these "water" images close to each of the lodges that I stayed at.

Elephants and water...
An awesome combination!
But not necessarily for any other animals that might want a drink.
Elephants can be notoriously possessive of "their" waterholes

Drool...
Wildebeest don't always get the photographic attention they deserve.
In order to rectify that,they will feature quite prominently in this posting.

As will the elephants...
This lone bull was certainly enjoying himself
and he did not have to share the waterhole.

Even this Impala ram had a few drops of water 
coming off his chin as he stood up.

And THIS Impala seems to be totally dismissive of this large tusker.
This particular individual has a "broken" ear,
which hung like a curtain and unable to be flapped.

The trunk of an elephant can hold 11L of water.
This seems to be overflowing.

The prehensile tip of the trunk
can pick up the smallest object without damaging it...
Or it can tear branches off trees.

Guess who has been for a wallow.
Pumba, that's who...

This baby baboon took an unexpected swim
when it fell into a waterhole.
Luckily it was a warm day and he was able to dry off quickly

Water for the guests in the lodge.
The lip of a swimming pool.

I did say earlier that I would be featuring the Wildebeest...
You were warned.
Some guides refer to the humble Gnu as 
the poor man's buffalo...but this could not be further from the truth.

Focused on the Glossy Starling, this is the mighty African Buffalo.
I have been told that they always look at you as if you owe them money.
This bull seems to be staring at the Starling with the same expression.

The Wildebeest is an antelope designed by a committee.
They have the horns of the Buffalo,
The body of a Hyena
The tail of a horse.
The stripes of a Zebra 
And the brain of a Guinea Fowl.

More water...for me this time.

One last look...

The perfect way to end the day...
An African sunset guides me back to the lodge and bed.
Night all...


To find out more about the camps
 that we stayed at,
please visit their respective websites:
 

This is the company that manages these properties:

 
My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
Photo:

Photo:
When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

A new clothing sponsor has come on board...
Welcome to Kallie Khaki.
Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

Photo:
When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

Photo:
This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...


When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
This time he was standing at the foot of a Baobab Tree,
estimated to be between 800-1000 years old!
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
Or order directly from:





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