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Botswana Day 11: Happy Little Killers

For some reason, there was no wake up "call" this morning. No one arrived at our tent or anyone else's in camp. One of us happened to wake up at 5:10a. I walked across to Brenda's tent and woke her up. Somehow, we all made it to breakfast anyway and were in the vehicle by 7a. I was pretty pissed. I get that things happen but the guides were so nonchalant about it. No one even apologized.

I stewed about it while we watched some giraffe.
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And then out of nowhere, the neighborhood pack of seven wild dogs appeared. I forgot about the morning mishap at that point.
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They were running and jumping in all the water puddles and mud, having a blast.
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The dogs set off down the road and we followed eagerly behind.
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They flushed out a red lechwe but he managed to escape unharmed.
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These zebra were briefly in danger but the dogs ran on by.
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Suddenly, out of the brush runs a terrified, baby impala. The dogs took off after it. I could hear the baby snorting in fear.
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They all disappeared into the brush and the noise stopped. The baby impala was torn apart in seconds. We drove around and caught up with them eating away on the other side.
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After their baby impala snack, the dogs forged on. This elephant was in no danger.
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I was a little worried about these baby giraffe but the dogs ran right on thru and disappeared into the brush. We stayed with the giraffe.
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Some southern ground hornbill were poking around.
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Along with a red lechwe who posed pretty well for me.
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A shot of some flowers which seem to be rarely spotted in the bush.
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We decided to head back to the mating lion pair and see if we could catch them in the act. Lucky for us, they were feeling amorous.
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We were running short on time so we started to head back for camp. We all had a plane to catch. We said goodbye to the noisy hippos and birds.
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A spoonbill waved to us.
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Then suddenly, sitting in the middle of the road, was a female leopard. She took off for the brush as we got closer so we followed for a bit.
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Seeing her was a great way to end the safari. We made it back to camp and had a quick lunch of fish, rice, and salad. We grabbed our bags and caught our last bush plane flight of the trip back to Maun.
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We arrived in Maun in the afternoon and had enough time to walk out of the airport for a bit. We just ventured down the street and had a much-needed drink close by before returning for our flight to Johannesburg.
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Posted by zihuatcat 15:13 Archived in Botswana Tagged africa safari botswana

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The pic of lioness on her back w hind legs splayed & mouth open is priceless.

by Brenda B

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