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8 January 2010 | Jo Jenkins | Safari and Beach News, Botswana

Despite it being low season and rainy season, there have been some exciting sightings:

Kwando & Linyanti
Two Male Lions have already been sighted killing a Zebra close to halfway pan early this year and they are heard roaring every night from Lebala Camp.  A large shower on New Years Day has encouraged more and more plains game to congregate close to Lebala and graze on the fresh grasses. Among them Red Lechwe, Tsesebe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Waterbuck and Reedbuck.  Elephant herds continue to visit the area threading their way in and out of the Mopane forests to the West

Lucky guests in the last few days have been treated to Wild Dogs hunting around the airstrip area of Lagoon Camp. Eventually they had success in chasing down a young Kudu bull which they killed in shallow water.  In addition, three brother Cheetahs have been seen already in the New Year lying up in some Kalahari Star Apple bushes.  Buffalo herds have been gradually moving north with the rain but the infamous males or ‘Dagga Boys’ are still to be seen on the borders. Giraffe, Zebra and Elephant are a coming sight throughout Lagoons range this early January

Okavango Delta
Kwara concession has been pumping these last few days with a full array of predator and prey for all to see. The seven male Lions of Kwara were followed on a night drive over a distance of 5km on a hunt before they disappeared into thick scrub.  Three male Cheetahs were sighted yesterday and the day before on an Impala kill they had made early in the morning by the Shinde Road. A Leopard was also seen on a night drive last night.  There are now up to 80 Hippos in the Lediba (Lagoon) infront of the camp as competition for the deepest water intensifies with the dropping of the flood.

Makgadikadi & Nxai
Lucky guests early in the year have had the privilege of seeing two Lions successfully hunting a Zebra from the great migration, and feeding with their two cubs. The event took place close to Nxai Camp itself and provided excellent photographic opportunities. The migration from the Boteti and Khwai Rivers is now in full flow and there are literally thousands of Zebra, Springbok, Giraffe and Gemsbok to be seen.

Central Kalahari
A family of Meercats was amongst the highlights of the first week of 2010. The charismatic creatures were on top form as ducked and dived in and out of the ground and played with each other.  Elsewhere, five Wild Dogs have been sighted on the pan and the two big male Lions of Tau have also been around the water hole.

Written by Jo Jenkins

Jo’s enthusiasm for safari as a child when her parents worked in Zambia, then Kenya. Jo quickly fancied herself as a safari expert and has been a keen game tracker ever since. Although, more recently, she is very keen to trial many of the (more luxurious) beach lodges we now offer.

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