A Classic Delta Morning

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First time visitors to Africa enjoy a thrilling privately-guided safari…

Vumbura Plains is one of those amazing areas in the Okavango Delta that offers consistency in game-viewing, regardless of the season. While there was a lot of water around the floodplains, and some roads were inaccessible, the game viewing was still phenomenal.

One of the major highlights was seeing a mother leopard and her two four-month-old cubs on our first morning. We followed the trio as they covered a long stretch of the floodplain. She was leading her cubs with intent in one particular direction, at one point leading them directly across a deep floodplain. This was a classic Okavango Delta sighting! We soon found out that this was no ordinary mission…

After crossing, we followed them as they changed direction and started heading east along the floodplain. That’s when we discovered a big lechwe ram carcass hidden in the bush. She must have killed it the previous night and had gone to fetch the cubs. We watched them feed for a while before we headed back to camp.

Another highlight was watching a mating pair of lions on a small island formed by a termite mound. The island was just wide enough for the two and we were forced to watch the show while sitting in our Land Rover parked in the deep waters nearby. Another classic Delta scenario.

On the last afternoon, we visited a wild dog den very close to camp. The five adult pack members were present as well the four young pups. Watching the pups at play was such a thrill for the guests as they were dog lovers themselves.

Vumbura Plains will also be remembered for the largest herd of buffalo we had on this trip. This was the mega-herd that usually drifts between Vumbura and Duba Plains, numbering close to a thousand animals.

Written and Photographed by Ona Basimane, Wilderness Safaris Private Guide

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