Safari Notes: Khwai Leadwood Bush Camp, Drive #4 – Botswana
- Fire calmed down, wind and rain storm, rain continued – this was our ride where it was cold and wet for the first an only time!
- Broad roller
- Many antelope at the water hole
- Banda spotted lions in the open field which indicated they may be hunting. Suddenly we sped up to try and reach them in order to observe a kill. Kills are extremely rare to see in action as they mostly happen in the dark of night. We reached the lions and noted three females and two cubs in the back. There were tons of potential prey – many different types of antelope, we even spotted a baby hippo – just born we could see the umbilical cord! But the lions were fairly lazy, one even falling asleep. One was very muddy indicating that they have been hunting already this morning.
- We took so many photos so I have them all featured here!
- Some animals began to come out after the rain stopped.
- Spotted a crocodile, fish eagle, pied kingfisher, and lilac breasted roller.
- As we went to exit the park and return to the camp, some self-driver visitors attempted to cross over the bridge (bridges that are in place for when flood season arrives). It is entirely unclear to us why they did not drive straight onto the bridge and align the wheels with the boards but they did not and got stuck on one side of the bridge. To compensate, they turned the wheel very hard and pushed the gas and almost fell off the side of the bridge. Banda and a local walked to the car as it was inches from falling to try and get the car back on the bridge. As we watched, vervet monkeys descended down from the tree to observe the action. Banda saved the day.