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Safari Wrap-Up

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One last safari post...just a few more of the amazing animals and birds we encountered in the Chitabe reserve.

 

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This gorgeous female leopard didn't do anything spectacular, but stunned us with her beauty and grace.

 

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Lots of lilac-breasted rollers, hands down my favorite African bird.

 

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But they do not get more majestic than the African fish eagle!

 

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Many herds of cape buffalo...

 

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Oodles of ellies!  


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Beautiful kudu...

 

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Red-billed hornbills, aka flying chili peppers...

 

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So many, many interesting and lovely birds....

 

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Monitor lizard...notice the blue/purplish tongue.  What other African animal has a tongue that color?

 

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A giraffe, of course!

 


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Baboons everywhere...

 

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Such fun to watch their antics!

 

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A bridge...

 


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And the always-popular leg stretch (aka coffee and cookies break!).

 

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One day as we were hanging around the river, Brooks took us to this lovely shady spot to stretch our legs.  But something just didn't feel quite right to him.  As always, Brooks exited first to check the surrounding area to be sure it was safe, but we noticed he picked up a large stick as he got out of the Rover, which we'd never seen him do.  He'd seen some fresh lion tracks that seemed to disappear here and his instincts kicked in.

 


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Thankfully!  Because just as he got out this female lion strolled past just behind the Rover.


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She definitely has the right-of-way.

 

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Even as we watched her wade across to the other side, I wasn't feeling too confident of the whereabouts of the rest of her pride, so we chose a different picnic spot.

Not eager to be surprised in the middle of my potty break by a prowling lion...

 

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Another very new giraffe...see how its horns point inward?  And it still has its umbilical cord attached!



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This was a first-time sighting for us...a honey badger!  We actually saw 3 separate pairs in the early morning hours, but they usually scuttled away before I can get a decent photo.

 

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Honey badgers are kind of like our skunks and they have a similar musky odor.  They are mostly nocturnal animals, so by morning they are ready to hide away in their burrow.  This pair hurried off, but his curiosity got the best of him and he popped his head out of the burrow just long enough for me to snap a shot.

 


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Sunset in the delta...

 

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I was not ready to leave, but it is said that all good things must come to an end.  And so we finished our final morning game drive...

 

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...and Brooks drove us to the Chitabe "international" airport.

 


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One last sack brunch as we awaited our flight.

 


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Good-bye, Okavango Delta...

 

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...adios to our new friend Brooks...until we meet again (and we WILL be back for more adventures with you!)...

 

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...and we winged our way home.  

Thanks for indulging me as I relived our fabulous trip through these photos and stories.  It truly was a dream vacation in a magical place!

Until we return to Africa...

...that's our safari wrap-up.

 

Comments

Terri Chapman

What awesome photos and adventures you had. Again thanks for sharing your beautiful gift from god....

Love, Terri :)

Grrri

What a wonderful journey you have allowed us a glimpse of! Thank you my friend! 📷

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