Great Wilderness Journey season is underway in Botswana

Posted on May 20th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Blog.

The Wilderness Safari Exploration (set departure trips) season is now in full swing and we received great feedback from guide Victor Horatius on the first Great Wilderness Departure of the 2013 season – it was a real “cracker” of a trip by all accounts ……..

“I have just finished an amazing Great Wilderness Journey.

We had great wildlife sightings starting off in Toka Leya, where the white fronted bee eaters were photogenic in the evening light.

With most seasonal waterholes drying up, we had great elephants sighting on the Chobe River with great bird life .

The three nights at Linyanti we were treated to four male lions on a buffalo kill, watched over two days as they devoured the buffalo and watched them play and drink on one morning. The males are part of the Chobe males that have since pushed the pride we call the Linyanti pride to the fringes of the Savuti Channel. Elephants are back here in great numbers too.  Wild dog sightings  were great, saw the nine pups on the day of arrival. With the impala rutting we discovered one dead, and one male dying, showing no bite marks, so we suspected that it could be broken spines from fighting, as the males compete for females. On one evening we were tracking the wild dogs and all of a sudden they stopped to listen and within a few seconds we had a contact call from the other dogs. We rushed behind them as they moved towards the  dead/dying impala previously seen and as we got there, we watched the whole pack of seven rip and devour the impala in less than 30 minutes.

Lions roars and sightings in Khwai close to camp were great too. General game was plentiful.

Last stop was Jacana, where on the Mokoros we saw a pels fishing owl and other water birds that provided us with great photo opportunities. The boat rides were great and covered more ground to the hippo pools that are not accessible by Mokoros”