Text and images for this trip report were compiled by Andrew Beck.
Being so close to Christmas it would be easy for me to draw comparisons between a kid waiting to rip through the gift wrapping of presents stored beneath the tree, and the first day of this Photographic Safari to Botswana‘s Duba Plains. An easy but accurate comparison because that is how each and every one of us felt as we sat waiting for our boarding call at ORT international on the morning of day 1.
For all of us, this was our first trip to the renowned battle fields of Duba Plains. Apart from the emotions and expectations attached to the destination, the excitement built as we all swapped stories about our backgrounds, where we had travelled to before, and of course, the legendary tales of Duba Plains. Despite the setbacks of having two last minute cancellations on the trip, I could tell even from day one that this was going to be an incredible experience and one which I was privileged to share with Seyms, Damin and George!
A fourty minute flight from Maun and over the Okavango Delta saw us land at Duba Plains camp.
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Our first afternoon drive did not disappoint as we headed straight to one of the groups of lion that had been seen earlier in the day. After watching two cubs suckling from their mother the group did what lions around the world do best, flop down and sleep, so we pushed on to explore more of the island in hope of finding the buffalo herd.
Not more than thirty minutes later we picked up the buffalo which were approaching another group of lions, relaxing at the base of a thicket. These lions were a part of the old female called Silver Eye’s group and we had found them on the edge of their territory. What followed was to be the best welcoming to Duba that we could have hoped for!
The tactical approach of these lions, encouraging the buffalo to approach them before retreating is all part of a strategy to lure the herd into their territory. Eventually the lions moved off to rest and the buffalo continued on their path, heading deeper into the territory of “Silver Eye’s” group.
Day one closed off with a good meal, image downloads and an eagerness to see what the new day had in store! Check out the trip report for Day 2 of this Safari on the blog tomorrow morning…
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