An African Journey 3-28 October, 2012
From Chobe Safari Lodge, Botswana, we set off at dawn for a game drive through the National Park. We were greeted with sightings of elephants, water buffalo (by the Chobe River), kudo, impala, baboons, helmeted guinea fowl and yellow-billed hornbill, amongst other birds and animals. Suddenly our Ranger stopped the jeep – there in the sand was a lion’s paw-print. The Ranger informed us that a lioness with very young cubs was in the area. And there she was, crouching in the bush looking for prey. The radio crackled, announcing that a leopard had been sighted on the track ahead. After a short drive we saw him, in the branches of a tree – a truly magnificent sight.
A magnificent Leopard
On the way back through the park we sighted the lioness again – moving her three cubs to a safer refuge. Our Warden knew which bush she was heading for and he positioned the jeep just nearby. We sat there open-mouthed as she walked towards us with a baby cub in her jaws.
A Lioness with her cub
I will never forget that wonderful moment. Nor the incredible journey through Namibia: Etosha Park with hundreds of animals easily visible at water holes – yes we got The Big Five (including our leopard at Chobe); the Okavanga Delta with crocodiles; the awe-inspiring sand dunes at Sossusvlei; and the tranquillity of the Orange River – before heading into South Africa and onto Cape Town.
This is truly a holiday of a life time.