The Safari began with an exceptional note. The day just went on to become more and more interesting as it passed. The company we had couldn’t have been better and the guide was stupendous with his accurate knowledge. I could go on filling the entire description with superlatives, but here I stop…. The day was too great to be described. I would use the photographs for description.
The Battle of Dead Water
It was early afternoon in the Moremi Game Reserve, the sun had heated the bush sufficiently for perspiration to ooze out of the skin and to stoke restlessness in the middle of an arid landscape. A lone Elephant stood in ankle deep puddle trying to stave off the heat. In those shallows dark recesses of moisture lay a wondrous wealth of cool and comfort for the giant elephantine skin under direct scorch of the sun. It was his territory and his alone. The territory wasn’t too happy either, it lay lifeless and dead, getting deader by the moment under the glaring sun. Baked bottom of once a lake alive with water creatures and birds lay exposed all over.
A dazzle of zebras peeped longingly from the bush. The sun was too hot for everyone. A chance to quench the thirst would not be lost. They crept closer through the dense bush, inching slowly almost nonchalantly towards the water. The elephant measured their infiltration with cool composure, throwing mud filled water over himself every once in a while. The Zebras galloped through the clearing to have a go, but the elephant was soon out of the mud challenging them in the big battle of dead water..
The Baby Elephant
This was a special scene by the roadside, the reserve had not even begun yet. The countryside had plenty of Elephant herds tearing down trees with their giant strength, marking their poop all over, reaching for the soft shoots and the acacia pods with their elongated trunks. at places it was mayhem of trees on display. Here the mother and baby stood quietly as we stopped to capture the scene in our hearts…
The Naughty Elephant
Having been warned about the ferocity of African Elephants, we expected nothing less than a full blown attack by the herd when we stopped next to it. However, they chose to ignore our tiny presence and continued with their game with the acacia tree. Only when they wanted to change the taste of snacks did they move to a new tree. Occasionally, throwing a mock tantrum with the shaking of the head and then moving on… quietly laughing in their heads.
Things we missed
Of course, the camera was not always ready and we were not always prepared for the animals to show themselves. It was only the first day of Safari. We missed the Ostrich brothers as they flashed by, the warthogs, the impalas, the buffalo, the water buck, the lechwe amongst others.
we also missed the lion by a few hours, but we were happy and could wait for the Lion to show up. We missed the wild dogs by half a day.
Things we learnt
They are far too many to recount. We realised the presence and importance of birds. We noticed that the birds are colourful and wonderfully so. It dawned on us that they have varying names and calls. It was a great day for acquaintance with the birds and a wonderful company of bird lovers to keep us occupied. Every minute of the day was wonderful. So much so that by the evening, when we saw the hippos lazing and the pug marks of Lion we could give honestly give them another day to show up.