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Mo(e) cheetah tracking tales; Winter's last Hurrah in drought struck Northern Botswana; From Kwena Lagoon to Twin Pools and everywhere in between - A Kwando Safari: August, 2019

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madaboutcheetah

Many Thanks and Kudos to My Friends and Guides over many many Years ...... Spencer and Moeti!!! Great sightings and a lot of laughs as always ..............  I have not much to say, except that I will slowly add photos that I edit.

 

I had to be in Gaborone for work in lieu with the Botswana Global Expo in early August and Yes, President Masisi's speech was absolutely captivating at the opening of the event.  So, I was able to get away to a week long safari in the Kwando concession.

 

Here's the first batch of photos ......  After having no luck with cheetah last year (a rarity; and yes we did look everywhere from Termite mound to Camel thorn and Leadwood tree marking posts) ........ We had the boys every day and easily!!!! 

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Earthian

Great photographs, as usual Hari. Waiting for more.

That photograph of the cheetah marking its territory. Is the (orangish) discolouration of the tree because it is a regular marking spot?

Do share details on camps, lodges and the like.

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michael-ibk

Glad you found your Boys again Hari. No need to say but still - fantastic photos, especially like the Sable!

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Kitsafari

You are so lucky! i wish my work brings me to Africa all the time.

 

are you back in Splash again? 

 

as always, fabulous images and great the cheetahs came out for you this time round. And dogs, and sable! totally jealous at this moment. 

 

 looking forward to more. 

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks a lot, guys

 

@Earthian - Thanks a lot.  The camps are Kwando Lagoon and Lebala in the Kwando concession ........  The tree - that is one of their central marking posts....... I think that's the bark of the tree in the evening light.  

 

Thanks @michael-ibk - That particular sable comes to the lagoon in front of camp to drink every afternoon.  Lucky to find him photogenic early afternoon when we set out.

 

@Kitsafari - Can't wait to read your Gabon Trip report ......... Thanks.  No Splash for me - this was Kwando Lagoon and Lebala.

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marg

@madaboutcheetah..Oh Boy!  We are just over a year to go.  We have requested Spencer so if you have any pull.......   And, looking forward to more of this report!!!!!

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madaboutcheetah

Did I mention Puppies???? ....... Lo and behold - the pack of two that's been around Lebala for the past 2-3 years have 7 pups at the moment and the pups are mobile and eating solid meat with the alpha pair being Prolific hunters feeding the pack .......... They also hunt around camp a lot.  Let's hope they can thrive in a Lion dense area at the moment.

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wilddog

Those flies are really irritating the cheetah ! and those pups look well fed at the moment; fingers crossed for them.

 

Looks a wonderful trip with superb photos as usual, Hari. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Atravelynn

The man with the most comprehensive trip report titles is back at it!  Cheetah and wild dogs are a fine start with a sable galloping by!

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Soukous

Wonderful to see your photos as always Hari. A very fruitful safari.

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LarsS

Lovely pictures! Cheetahs, dogs and even pups, looks like a very successful safari!

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks a lot @Atravelynn @LarsS @Soukous @marg @wilddog

 

In this next instalment - the big buffalo herd (I saw what looked like a mega herd from the air as I flew in from Maun) - but, finally caught up with the herd a few days later as they came down to drink in the late morning.   As they came in through the woodland to the water I couldn't help but remember my experience at Chitake Springs in Mana pools a few years ago.

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madaboutcheetah

Next batch....... Hmmm That's definitely one of their central marking posts ;) 

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Antee

Nice Sable. 

Still have only seen a blackish ass of one far in the distance. One of the Boogey animal for me that will never show up when I am in the car... :) 

Far more easy to see Aardvark, Caracal, Serval and Aardwolf than this ghost :) 

 

Maybe next time in Hwange. 

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Hads

Fantastic pics thanks @madaboutcheetah.Love the 4th photo in post 13 of the cheetah brothers?

Did you see many lions?

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks a lot

 

@Antee - aardvark I've never ever seen. 

@Hads - yes lions all over the place at the moment. Will edit pics shortly..... 

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Kitsafari

wow an awesome shot of the handsome sable!

 

 

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks a lot @Kitsafari

 

Next instalment - The Holy Pride at Lagoon ...........  So many cubs at the moment! and some of the females with smaller cubs haven't rejoined the pride yet.  We saw those early one morning - but, didn't stop as we were rushing to track cheetah before they would slip away (so we radioed the other vehicles to the location which happened to be Grass pan/ giraffe pan that general location for those who know the concession well).

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madaboutcheetah

Next batch of images ......... a photogenic Roan caught my eye!

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penolva

Great photos as always Hari. Hope Spencer is well? Where did you stay in Gaborone? We will have to stay there one night before an early morning flight to Maun. Did you take that Maun  flight? Pen 

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madaboutcheetah
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Thanks @penolva - I stayed at the Masa square hotel.  It’s in the CBD about 15 minutes from the airport.  Reason I stayed there - had meetings next door at the Botswana Investment and Trade center building ..... it has a few shops and restaurants next to the hotel.  

 

Yes my flight to Maun was early in the morning from Gaborone and it was seamless and easy.   Oddly, that same flight proceeded to kasane from Maun (air Bots) .... 

 

 

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penolva
2 minutes ago, madaboutcheetah said:

Thanks @penolva - I stayed at the Masa square hotel.  It’s in the CBD about 15 minutes from the airport.  Reason I stayed there - had meetings next door at the Botswana Investment and Trade center building ..... it has a few shops and restaurants next to the hotel.  

 

Yes my flight to Maun was in the morning from Gaborone and it was seamless and easy. 

Thanks Hari . Will look at that hotel. With such an early flight being near the airport is vital. We have to do that overnight because the flight from Windhoek to Maun stopped operating. Pen 

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madaboutcheetah

@penolva - it really wasn’t a problem.... hotel organised a drop off in the morning. You don’t need to be super early - the check in staff took their own sweet time to open the counters.

 

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penolva

@madaboutcheetahGreat thanks. We were worried about missing that flight and its too far to drive to Maun in one day. Pen

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Amylovescritters

Amazing photos... hoping the best for the dogs.

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