View Botswana’s wildlife “up close and personal” with this photo safari contributed by Susan Portnoy, The Insatiable Traveler!
We just love it when travelers return from Botswana and can’t wait to share their favorite experiences with us. Susan Portnoy, the Insatiable Traveler, returned recently from a Botswana safari with rave reviews! What made Botswana so special for her? View her slide show for a glimpse at the wildlife experiences that made her go WOW! While ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, she did add captions about her impressions… scroll over each image to reveal her thoughts about each WOW moment.
I am utterly captivated by elephant eyes. Stunning, gentle, unlike any other.
A guest rides Kitimetse (Kitty) of the Abu herd during a morning stroll through the Okavango Delta.
A lone bull hippo was not pleased that were near his watering hole. He splashed and he grunted and put on quite a show.
Lions at sunrise are nearly invisible in the high grass.
Teeth bared and tiny growls belie the fact that these two jackals were just playing.
Early morning and a pride saunters across the Delta. One mischievous cub thought playtime was in order.
A mother elephant pays close attention to her young calf as it trots excitedly ahead her. The two were part of a large herd of 45+ elephants moving toward a nearby river.
Legadema from National Geographic’s “Eye of the Leopard,” by Beverly and Dereck Joubert. I was thrilled to have the chance to see her in person.
Nothing like taking a little ride in a mokoro on the way to breakfast after a morning walk through the bush.
We found ourselves face to face with this enormous hippo. Seeing that he was on land we were waiting to see if he would get cranky. We faced off for over two minutes then slowly he backed up, turned around, and went on his way.
Delicate impala with their big doe eyes walk softly through the high grass of the Okavango Delta.
A small pride walks nonchalantly towards travelers from Chitabe Lediba camp. The guests on the other hand were giddy with excitement.
Shireni of the Abu herd: a tender soul and the mother of the camp’s year and a half old calf Warona.
One morning we followed a pair of male lions through the plains as they searched for their pride. Once found, a family reunion ensued.
Looks like frog and snake are on the menu for this ground horn bill.
I missed the joke but happy I didn’t miss this photo.
Meet my good omen from my stay in Botswana. This handsome fellow was my very first sighting of the trip.
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