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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 thanks for the update....we will be at Kwara and Lebala in December....is Kwara ready for opening?

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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

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 alph

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

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2 hours ago, SSF556 said:

@madaboutcheetah thanks for the update....we will be at Kwara and Lebala in December....is Kwara ready for opening?

 

Not yet - but soon I think .... good choice with kwara over splash!!!! I loved my time at lebala now - superb game area as always and was very well looked after by OP / teddy and Barcos .....you will love it!

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15 minutes ago, madaboutcheetah said:

 

Not yet - but soon I think .... good choice with kwara over splash!!!! I loved my time at lebala now - superb game area as always and was very well looked after by OP / teddy and Barcos .....you will love it!

 

Thanks for the update...we were at Lagoon and LK in 2011 so will be interesting to see the changes!

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In this episode ......... Lions really have a stranglehold up and down the Kwando Concession at the moment!!!

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Wonderful images as usual Hari. Glad the delta & Kwando delivered again for you. I heard water levels were mixed in the delta this year with some areas getting much less than normal and others in abundance. How was it at the Kwando camps you stayed at?

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Hi there @AKR1 - how you been???

 

yes Northern Botswana in general has endured severe drought. I was only at Lagoon and lebala in the Kwando concession. There is still water in the channels arising from the Kwando River. No problem there and that isn’t going to go dry - but the eastern side of the concession is getting drier and Drier as in days gone by as there hasn’t been flood waters this year and that’s the reason why those areas are dry ....

 

 

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@SSF556 - hard to tell ..... even though last summer was Particularly dry; they had a couple of really heavy downpours in March I’m told .... it rained late and heavy.... 

 

I think even if it does rain this summer - I think the early summer should be fantastic with a little rain as most of the areas are super dry and fresh grass should bring back all the game.

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12 hours ago, SSF556 said:

@madaboutcheetah we will be there Dec 12-22 so fingers crossed

 

Should be amazing then ...... A lot of areas have had fires so when the rains start the fresh grass should attract the animals!!! It will definitely rain a couple of times prior to your trip!  


Will be back to editing photos soon - sorry, have been away for work!

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Next batch of images......

 

The last two photos is my favourite male Lion in the concession (EVER) - He's a fighter and has been regularly seen since at least 2015 .......... Old Gunn !!!! 

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Back to the boys!!!! 

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Lovely images, Hari. As always, your lions are rivaling your cheetah :D

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Old Gunn still hard at work for the next generation! he's a real handsome dude, so golden and clean of face!

 

your lion and cheetah images are brilliant, as always, can't say enough of that. 

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On 27 August 2019 at 7:19 PM, SSF556 said:

@madaboutcheetah thanks for the update....we will be at Kwara and Lebala in December....is Kwara ready for opening?

 

I've seen some photos online ....... Looks ready to me! ;) 

 

Thanks @Sangeeta @Atravelynn and @Kitsafari

 

Lynn - that cheetah sundowner took loads of patience....... I think sitting with sleeping cheetahs for most of the day, to get that shot just at the end!!!

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next batch of images...

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Let's take a break from the cats in this batch ........ 

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Ritsgaai

Brilliant photos! 

 

I am in need of a Botswana fix. B)

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Amylovescritters

5 months before my mom and I arrive... Your photos are ever so inspiring =)

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Kitsafari

i just ADORE the first cheetah photo in post 42!

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