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July 31, 2012 / Nkosi's Safaris Blog

Moremi, Savuti & Chobe Safari

I have been extremely fortunate on my last few safaris and this one was no different with some excellent game viewing and great photographic opportunities. A male lion in Moremi Game Reserve managed to single-pawedly pull down a buffalo between Third Bridge and Fourth Bridge. We also saw a coalition of four male lions on an elephant kill in Savuti which reminded me of the days when the Pump Pan pride used to regularly hunt elephants in Savuti. I haven’t seen this happen on a regular basis for many years but perhaps the lions are starting to target elephants again.

Lion and cubs feeding on elephant

Male lion & cubs feeding on young elephant

Leopards were back in the mix again with a female leopard seen near the Magothlo campsite not far from the Khwai river which forms the northern boundary of Moremi Game Reserve. Just when we thought the sighting couldn’t get better we saw her cub emerge from the bush to add the cherry on top.

We also had a great sighting of a young female leopard in Savuti near the old Pump Pan, we watched her unsuccessfully stalk flocks of guineafowl and francolin. 

The Savuti marsh has got plenty of water which is attracting a number of herbivores including large herds of buffalo, the herd we saw was over 500 strong. Water seems to be rising on the Savuti Marsh although the levels are lower than last year we will definitely have enough water on the marsh to last until the next rainy season.

The old Savuti lion pride

Part of the old Savuti lion pride at Pump Pan - Savuti

For the first time in six weeks the wild dogs eluded us on this safari and all we saw of them was fresh tracks of a few adults around the old Campsite 24 in Savuti. 

Water did cause us some challenges on this safari with the bridge at 3rd Bridge in Moremi Game Reserve broken which meant that we could not access the wild dog pack which we knew was denning just a few kilometres on the other side of the bridge. Hopefully our Department of Wildlife will get their act together and fix the bridge so that safaris can operate as normal. 

Third Bridge - Moremi Game Reserve

Third Bridge is broken again!

We did very well on the cats overall on this safari with an impressive scoresheet of 4 leopards (and a cub), 28 lions, 3 servals and an African wild-cat. Some of the sightings were fleeting but generally we were afforded a pretty good look at all the animals on our safari which allowed all of my guests to capture some pretty amazing images which we will hopefully sharing with you soon. 

In the northern part of Chobe National Park the Chobe River is dropping very quickly and the Watercart Loop road is now accessible again which means that we now have a lot more options for our game drives through the park.

That’s all for now, you can find regular updates about Letaka Safaris on our Facebook Page.

– Nkosi Sibanda (July 2012)


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9 Responses to “Moremi, Savuti & Chobe Safari”

  1. jan says:

    good reporting Nkosi, spot on. fleeting was good enough, better than nothing. great unforegettable 9day trip with you and your team.

  2. Brent says:

    Hi Jan, Nkosi is doing a great job out there. He is still the leader for July’s leopard month. There are two contestants still to return with their leopard counts but I think Nkosi is pretty well poised to take it. I’m glad you enjoyed your safari!

  3. Mareesa says:

    Great job Nkosi. I am still having trouble getting my head around what we saw and the fantastic time we had with you, Open, Jonah and Andrew. Can’t wait to get back there.

  4. admin says:

    Hi Mareesa, it sounds like Nkosi outdid himself on this safari. We are really glad to hear that you all had such a good time out there. We look forward to seeing you in Botswana again.

    • Sittipong says:

      you are part of the sunway sriaafs team does that mean you are a translator or are you actually a trained guide? Does sunway sriaafs use trained German guides?

      • admin says:

        We are not part of the Sunway Safaris group. We are an independent mobile safari operator based in the Okavango Delta.

  5. Magdalena says:

    We were in Savuti in October 2010. I recall them telnlig us that they had plans to build a new camp in the dry river bed. Good thing the river rose before they started construction rather than after. We have photos of a huge, older elephant bull who traveled alone and would graze across the channel, stopping to swirl reeds up with his trunk like spaghetti on a fork, then move majestically off into the trees.

    • Shelle says:

      Sounds like you had an amazing exeipernce! I’m thinking about booking a safari in South Africa next year not sure about what country yet but you have a very good case for Botswana

  6. South Gate has a shady camping area and ablution blocks (guard food and possessions from curious monkeys and baboons). Third Bridge camp site borders on the Delta and Mboma Island; there is a strong concentration of game in the dry season in this area. Visitors are warned to stay clear of the water flowing under the bridge due to crocodiles living there.

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