A good guide always finds something interesting to see! We did not see the kill, the lionesses had already finished their first meal. Three of them where resting in a shadow, one was inspecting us and the fifth one was watching the prey. And with a good reason, jackals were luring around, and vultures were waiting for their turn.
If you like hippos, check out Manduva Damn. There are plenty here. There is a lunching spot near the damned water where you can get out and stretch your legs and watch the hippos and other things they may come along if your lucky. We spotted roan antelope, and saddle billed stork as well. This is also a good sundowner spot. It is close to Sinametella, so you can get back to the camp ground before sunset.
We didn't even get to camp yet! We had ZEBRA, GIRAFFE, WART-HOGS ECT. My
ELEPHANTS!! But this one we saw something wrong! Notice the funny bend in it's trunk!
Thats a WIRE-SNARE doing that! Really bad stuff! It didn't look good. All 5 of us were troubled by this. Asking if a VET would come out and take care of it. No, too much money. We thought about all of us chipping in and getting this fixed! It never happened. Later
at camp, CRAIG VAN ZYL our guide had to call it in. They would have someone track it down. Put it out of it's misery! Couldn't do anything! Craig also, as it turns out is also a
HUGE ELEPHANT LOVER!
Except for the vultures we did not see many birds in Hwange. I had to search the web to find the name of this one. It has alarge yellow spot on the beak, which is not visible on this picture.
This is the most dangerous thing a giraffe can do, lucky for him that the lions were full! And lucky for him to have another (the mother?) standing guard (pic 2)
Seems like this zebra was as curious about us as we were about it. Not shy at all. Maybe they have gotten too used to people, which is not good for them when it comes to poachers!
Look at this cute little guy in my sons hand :-) We were waiting for him to change color, but it seems like he did not find it necessary.
This is the reason why our guide could lead us to the buffalo killing site: He had spotted these vultures from far away, how they were sitting, waiting for their turn.
Hwange does not get much rain even in the wet season, which is why people have helped the animals by making water holes for them.
Look how protecting the grown elephants are to the little one!
Our Boss Craig Van Zyl, great guide. A lot
of fun also. He stepped out so we could grab some pics. Those BUFFALOS are near by.
If you want to contact Craig, e-mail me.
Elephant trail next to our camp. Great site to see almost 100 pass by! The tiny almost new-born right under MOM! They are going to the water-hole.
Noe of my favorites SABLE. Nevr seen them
before. Don't believe they have them in KENYA. Not where I visited anyway. Some of these have some fantastic HORNS!
WILDERBEASTS & BABOONS! The Baboons
didn't bug here in HWANGE PARK. But the little ones love the ELEPHANT DUNG!
The Baboon is grabbing the seeds out it!
My first and only time I saw this! Not even in KENYA I saw this. No problem, the GIRAFFES are built to take this RUSH!!!!!
But they must be ware of LIONS!
HWANGE PARK, 10/1999
I look at this now almost 4yrs later. I think the last Giraffe is a MALE and checking out the
one in front of it!!
HWANGE, ZIMBABWE 10/1999