This month has seen for some fantastic game viewing but unfortunately you wont see much in the thick bush without the keen and experienced eyes of our guides here at Selinda. The current MVP for photos and sightings most recently has been our new guide Lets who we snapped up from Savuti Bushcamp. Not only is Lets an extremely experienced guide and tracker, he is one of the top young talents in photography Botswana has to offer. Very rarely do you find a person out here with a set of skills to capture the animals in beautiful settings and that is able to find them in the first place.
It’s a difficult task getting out of bed early in the morning on the best of days but when the radio crackles to life and you hear that the wild dogs are moving through the camp, clothes, boots and camera are grabbed before your feet touch the floor (not to forget the bush hat – style with purpose at all times.) News is going to be very interesting around Selinda as the dogs have spent their 3rd consecutive day around the camp and according to the guides, one of them is looking rather pregnant. It would be a convenient turn of events if we had a litter right next to tent 1 as it would cut down on fuel costs trying to track the blighters.
Its always a good sign when you call the guides on the radio to inform them of the good news of an interesting sighting such as wild dogs hunting on the spillway, only for them to return that they are tied up with both cheetahs AND a leopard sat in a tree with a fresh kill so the concession has been a veritable smorgasbord of top predators this month. This picture of the two cheetah brothers captured by Lets shows us that even the pros need some time to kick back and relax.
We should not forget the lions. The ladies have been doing very well out of the bountiful supplies of game the spillway provides this time of year. Its just a bit of a nuisance that they have been making short work of the Roan, one of the most endangered antelope in Africa but nature doesn’t play fair with conservationists either sometimes.