Okavango Delta, Botswana

December 08, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Our second stop in Africa in October was the famous Okavango Delta. Sweltering heat, gracious people and amazing wildlife! We hit two Safari camps in the Delta. First was Mapula Lodge (Mapula Lodge) and the second was Taludi Camp (Taludi)

Both are run by Natural Selections, though are quite different. We generally felt that the facilities at Mapula were a bit tired, though the staff and the available wildlife viewing were exceptional. Taludi, on the other hand, is brand new and quite swanky, though it did have a bit more of a "canned safari" feel (one of our party called it the Hyatt of safaris.)

In the images, you'll see three blocks of images interspersed with individual images. The first is a series of the Wild Dogs at Mapula, both closeups and some rather graphic images of a hunt and a kill. The second is of a sibling pair of male and female lions (also at Mapula) who allowed us to spend some time with them as they followed the zebra and antelope herds. The last is a series of a gorgeous female leopard at Taludi who allowed to spend the better part of an hour with her as she moved through the low brush in beautiful afternoon light. I have a soft spot for leopards, and she's in the center of it.

A note on photographing on this trip. For much of it we had challenging light. In the Pans Nt'l Park, we were out in full bright midday light against baked white landscapes. In the Delta (then again later in Zambia) there were fires burning in the fields surrounding the park making for white, featureless skies. All the richer then, when we got some early morning or late afternoon light with some contour and/or warmth.

Again, thanks to Rob Barbour and Robynne Fleming at Epic Private Journeys (Epic) for coordinating such amazing adventures (and helping us navigate the various covid testing protocols along the way.)

Thanks for stopping by -

Jeff

 

 


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