Animals in the Okavango
There have been lots of recent big cat and wild dog sightings at some of our favourite camps in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. These animal sighting diaries give you a taste of the wildlife encounters you might come across during your stay.
Kwando Kwara is situated within a private concession in the northern part of the Okavango Delta. Fronting onto a stunning floodplain it’s an exceptional spot for water and land based safaris.
Recent wildlife activity here includes a pack of 14 wild dogs making a tour of the Splash Area, on a chase for some prey. An exciting hunt, led to them quickly catching a reed buck. A few days later the same pack was seen hunting and killing impala.
Throughout April there were plenty of cheetah sightings. Two male cheetahs were found several times during the month and a female cheetah was found feeding on a young kudu.
In fact the end of the month really turned out to be cat week, with lions being sighted every day (often, several times a day), cheetahs making regular appearances, and the odd leopard or two adding to the cat tally. A smaller cat, the beautiful serval, was also seen off on his own hunting frogs in a marshy area.
Two lionesses seen with three cubs provided excellent viewing, with the youngsters suckling and playing with their mother. The cats lay in the shade of a tree just off the side of the airstrip runway acting as an excellent first sighting to arriving guests.
On the 28th April two male lions were spotted, after sun set, having picked up the scent of a female. The two boys kept on calling until the two females with the three cubs finally recognised the roar of the males, and responded. The happy family soon met up with each other, with lots of head-rubbing and sniffing.
The next day there was hope of finding two male cheetahs whose tracks had been seen. Soon after setting off, there was the sound of animals alarm calling, and a few minutes later a female cheetah was found with three cubs, roughly six months old. She was very relaxed, and was happy to be followed and watched as she killed a young impala for her cubs.
A wonderful boat trip along the main channel into the Moremi Game Reserve produced a spectacular sighting of four adult sitatunga and one calf feeding along the banks. These exceptionally shy antelope spend their whole lives in the water ways, and are extremely rare to see anything more than fleeting glimpse of them.