Our African Adventure: Day 13: Water Crossing and the Quest to Find Leopards

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Entering Moremi Game Reserve

 

 

I woke up tired while Devon felt fully rested. While he crashed right away, I stayed up listening to the sounds of birds, lions and hyenas roaming through our campsite for hours. The “huff huffing” sound of lions breathing just a few feet below you is something I will never forget. Absolutely incredible. Looking around our campsite in the morning, the big cats might have left, but there were tons of birds, mongooses and other little creatures foraging around.

 

 

 

 

We cooked a nice breakfast and hit the road with a mission in mind. The mission to find leopards. We had it on good authority that leopards had been in the area recently and this was the last of the “Big Five” African animals that we had yet to see. Being cat lovers, we just couldn’t imagine heading home without a sighting.

 

 



We drove through grassy plains, marshy water ways, and scenic African savannah style landscapes. Looking in trees, on rocks and in water and no leopards! We were rewarded with sightings of elephants, giraffes and more hippos than we’d seen to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

To Cross or Not to Cross

As we drove nearer the Okavango Delta, the need to cross waterways increased. We did a lot of research prior to this trip and knew the safest way to decide whether to cross or not. If you must traverse water, follow these tips!

1. Look around the vehicle for animals and assess if it is safe to exit your car.

2. Once out, look in the water to see if you see any movement as crocodiles are a real threat.

3. Once comfortable, walk in to the water and assess how deep it is. If it’s deeper than the top of the wheel well on your 4×4 or truck, you may want to find an alternative route. For Devon this was about knee height and for me it’s a little higher than that.

4. If you decide to cross, take your time to avoid making too large of a wake in the water.

 

Not an appropriate place to attempt a water crossing…

 

Khwai Campsite and Monkey Terror

 

 

When we arrived at Khwai Campsite the first thing we noticed was the abundance of vervet monkeys and baboons. We quickly learned that the monkeys were going to be a terror when we saw them breaking in to our neighbors tents and throwing dishes around. Devon broke out or selfie stick/monopod and we ended up using that as a defence to keep them away from us.

Both of us being animal lovers, we didnt want to hit one but there were times we thought we might have to. Luckily the threat of it was enough to keep some distance between us!

We set up camp and while one of us cooked, the other ran around threatening monkeys with the selfie stick.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately this campsite is really close to a lodge and once it got dark the music started up and didnt stop until the early morning hours. It really is a shame that they do not keep it quieter to respect the animals. Alongside dance music, we could hear the sound of hippos nearby and I can only imagine what the animals deal with having that near them. It felt wrong, as though they were spoiling what we all came here for, nature and animals. Has anyone experienced this before? What are your thoughts on this?

 

-Dayna



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