It just keeps getting better!
Feedback from Machaba Camp, Okavango Delta – Part II
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Taking out a new group of guests after having just spent four days with another is tricky, not only because their expectations are usually high (most keep a close eye on the ODP Safaris Facebook updates), but also because, in a way, you have to erase what you’ve already seen from your memory and start from scratch. None of your new guests have seen the early morning sunrise over the Khwai River (which you’ve seen four times already) or the lilac-breasted roller (of which you have 500 photos) that always poses proudly right outside camp. Everything you see is a potential awesome photograph in the making… again! So it’s a good thing we love what we do.
This is what we saw between 27 and 31 May with our second group of Tuskphoto Safaris clients:
An unbeatable drive (PM drive – 27 May)
It’s always great to start with a bang, but I never imagined the bang would be this big! We headed straight to Matsweri Pan, one of the most scenic spots in the Khwai Consession, and learnt from another guide that a pack of wild dogs had just left their den just around the corner. Our guide, Moreri, was convinced that the pack would make their way to the pan, so we switched off the engine and waited…
After nearly half an hour there was still no sign of the stunning painted canines, so we quickly checked the area between the pan a branch of the river that they sometimes use as an alternative route. Within 15 minutes we were back at the pan and, just as Moreri had predicted, the wild dogs were already busy drinking. They must simply have taken their time to come down to the water. Not only were we able to photograph them in golden afternoon light, but we also followed them until the sun disappeared behind a dusty horizon.
We were happy to return to Matsweri Pan to stretch our legs and relive the excitement with a G&T in hand, but the drive was far from over. Further east, near Mogotho Campsite, two young leopards had been found sitting on a fallen tree, just out of reach of two marauding hyenas. We skipped sundowners and made our way straight there and pulled in just before the last light disappeared, and were able to take a few evocative photos of the two apprehensive cats. What a start to the safari – wild dogs and leopards on the first drive!