Text and images for this trip report were compiled by Andrew Beck.
Day two had arrived and the previous days interaction (check out day one of the trip report here) had our group in high spirits as we gathered around the fireplace for a some coffee, toast and yoghurt & muesli. Click here to view all of the trip reports from this Duba Plains Photo Safari.
Before we even crossed the bridge the first Photographic opportunity of the day presented itself in the form of a spectacular sunrise reflected in the clear waters of the deep channel running in front of the camp.
Given the previous days events we headed straight out to where we had left the buffalo from the night before. Before we had even found them we came across some members of the silver eye group and, as luck would have it, the dominant male of the Duba Plains. I have to admit that this is one of the most beautiful male lions that i have had the privilege to see in the wild.
Continuing our search for the herd the tracks painted a grim story as they headed towards the channel separating the main island from paradise island, an area inaccessible by our vehicle. Thankfully the tracks turned back from the swampy waterway and it wasn’t long before we found an large bull in an open plain (providing us with an opportunity to get some low wide angle shots) and the buffalo resting amongst a large herd of elephants.
A big elephant bull in musth caught our attention and provided us with some fantastic photographic opportunities as he displayed his dominance and power a couple of metres away from our vehicle.
We headed back to camp for a much needed breakfast, much to Seyms’ delight as he had eaten all of our game drive snacks before 8am! As the gloomy weather continued we gathered at the main lodge to work through some of the basics of Lightroom and the guys were blown away at the simplicity of the cataloging, and the power of the processing functionality of Lightroom. Their newfound skills were put to the test as they processed a couple of the mornings images with excellent results.
The afternoon drive took us back to the Silver Eye group where the dominant male was found feeding on a small warthog kill that we assume the females and youngsters had killed earlier in the day.
With the gloomy weather and overcast conditions settling in for the evening we used the opportunity to try and locate a group of 6 lions which were hanging around closer to camp. They managed to elude us yet again but we did find the group with cubs resting around a termite mound in the open plains.
With that, day two came to an end and we returned to camp for a drink around the fire and yet another awesome meal prepared by the camp chef.
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