Botswana: Okavango Delta Safari 2013: Day 5

The day started well with 3 male lions crossing a small river straight towards us!  They were the 3 lions we had seen feeding on the buffalo – so we went to check out what was happening at the carcass.  6 more lions had come into feed on the buffalo, obviously having chased the 3 young males off.  The amazing morning light meant the cameras were working overtime!  A female leopard was spotted not long after we left the lions and buffalo, and she was equally as obliging as the lions.  She put on a great show, ending up nestled comfortably in a large tree.  We found a pair of wattled cranes as well as sighting lions on 2 more occasions.  The leopard from the morning was more active in the late afternoon and, as has become the norm, there were many herds of elephants out and about.  The day ended on on a real high with a late night spotting of an african wild cat!

Major sightings of the day:

  • 3 male lions crossing a river
  • 6 lions feeding on a buffalo kill with vultures present
  • 2 lionesses
  • Female leopard climbing tree
  • 2 large male lions
  • Ground hornbills
  • Wattled cranes
  • Several herds of elephants
  • African wild cat

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The Tiger Safari 2013: Day 3

We picked up exactly where we left off on day 2, with an amazing sighting of a female tiger in a new section of the reserve.  We spent an hour with her, as she marked her territory and casually walked alongside our vehicle.  The highlight of the sighting was when she approached an old tree which had fallen down – she framed herself perfectly beneath the tree allowing us to take some lovely images, and then jumped up and started scent marking the tree with her face!  Absolutely brilliant.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Tigress
  • Indian gaur
  • Spotted deer
  • Wild boar
  • Samba deer
  • Peafowl
  • Many different bird species