Botswana, April-May 2017

location of BotswanaBy this time of the year, Botswana should be in the dry season, which normally lasts until the end of October. Due to La Niña, however, heavy rainfalls didn’t stop until late April this year. There were still lots of puddles and pans in the bush and in the forest. With so much water, Chobe River looked like a lake. We camped in Khwai, Savuti and Chobe.

ボツワナは通常、3月初旬から10月末まで乾期。一滴の雨も降らない、はず。ところが今年はラニーニャ現象の影響で、4月末まで大雨が降ったという。ブッシュや森林には大きな水たまりがまだ多く残っていた。チョベ川はまるで湖のよう。今回はクワイ、サブチ、チョベでキャンプを張った。

Zebras relaxing and playing, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Zebras relaxing and playing, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Reed comrant, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Reed comrant, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Green-backed heron, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Green-backed heron, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Little bee-eater in the wind, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Little bee-eater in the wind, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Little bee-eater stretching, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Little bee-eater stretching, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Yellow-billed storks looking for food, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Yellow-billed storks looking for food, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Yellow-billed storks feasting, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Yellow-billed storks feasting, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Great white pelican, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Great white pelican, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Sunset, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Sunset, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Tree squirrels curling up on the tree, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Tree squirrels curling up on the tree, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Fish eagle, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Fish eagle, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Egyptian geese, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Egyptian geese, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Woodland kingfisher, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Woodland kingfisher, Khwai, Botswana, April 2017

Juvenile bateleaur eagle, Savuti, Botswana, April 2017

Juvenile bateleaur eagle, Savuti, Botswana, April 2017

Spoonbill, Savuti, Botswana, April 2017

Spoonbill, Savuti, Botswana, April 2017

Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, April 2017

Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, April 2017

Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, April 2017

Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, April 2017. He was such a hyper-active individual! We had great fun watching him.

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Senegal coucal, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Senegal coucal, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Black-backed jackal, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Black-backed jackal, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Black-backed jackals, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Black-backed jackals, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017. It was a family of an adult and three kids.

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Wild dog, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Wild dog, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Wild dogs, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Wild dogs, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017. It was a large family – a pack of at least 12.

Wild dogs, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Wild dogs, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Wild dogs, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Wild dogs, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Marabou stork, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Marabou stork, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Female leopard on a tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Female leopard on a tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017. She is too scared to get down as an aggressive male is waiting underneath.

Lappet-faced vulture, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Lappet-faced vulture, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Vulture on a tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Vulture on a tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Vultures on a tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Vultures on a tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Guineafowl, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Guineafowl, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Female leopard, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Female leopard, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Buffaloes, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Buffaloes, Savuti, Botswana, May 2017

Black-backed jackal, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Black-backed jackal, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cubs, after a feast on elephant, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cubs, after a feast on elephant, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017. A pride of at least 17.

Lions relaxing after a feast on elephant, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lions relaxing after a feast on elephant, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017. I remember this lioness with a radio transmitter from last year. Glad that she is well!

Lions relaxing after a feast on elephant, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lions relaxing after a feast on elephant, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lions guarding elephant carcass from vultures, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lions guarding elephant carcass from vultures, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lioness, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lioness, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lions relaxing after feast on elephant, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lions relaxing after feast on elephant, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cub relaxing on top of elephant carcass, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cub relaxing on top of elephant carcass, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cub sleeping, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cub sleeping, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cub yawning, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cub yawning, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cub stretching, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cub stretching, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cubs playing, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cubs playing, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cubs playing on top of elephant carcass, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lion cubs playing on top of elephant carcass, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Sunset, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Sunset, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

African stonechat, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

African stonechat, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

White-browed coucal, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

White-browed coucal, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lilac-breasted roller, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Lilac-breasted roller, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Hamerkop, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Hamerkop, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Giraffe, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Giraffe, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Kudu, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Kudu, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Baby elephants, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Baby elephants, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Elephant in the river, Botswana, Chobe, May 2017

Elephant in the river, Botswana, Chobe, May 2017

Hippos, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Hippos, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Chobe River, Chobe, Boswana, May 2017

Chobe River, Chobe, Boswana, May 2017

White-fronted bee-eaters nesting, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

White-fronted bee-eaters nesting, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

White-fronted bee-eater, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

White-fronted bee-eater, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Young male impalas, Chobe, Botswana, May 2017

Young male impalas practicing for the future rut (breading season), Chobe, Botswana, May 2017.

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