I came across this bull at about ten in the morning so none of that glorious light! He was very polite and let me take photos although I kept my distance (I have a very healthy respect for Elephants!)
He is tagged with a collar (you can see the square thing sticking above his head.) and has learned how to stand on his hind legs to get at browse higher up than trunk-height.
He even allowed me to take a video! I was brave enough to get out and cower behind the car to take this video
I love the way he gets himself in perfect position before he stands. I guess its because he cant afford to waste any energy when food is scarce – and worse, fall! Imagine all that weight landing badly!
I decided to spend the day at the Long Pools – just watching the world coming and going.
Sitting there, I saw a bushbuck walk along the sand to get water:
Later, I went walking around this pool. Standing near a bank, a bush-buck just walked straight towards me – it was a magical experience – to be so close to a wild animal as beautiful as this one:
She looked right at me, and then just carried on walking, directly towards me!
The greatest thing at Mana Pools, for me, is that one can walk in the park. You have to get a permit and I also paid for a guide! That is not obligatory!
I’m not sure I breathed much while I took those! I was having to pull the zoom into the camera with each step she took
I took these photos while on my guided walk. I paid for an armed National Parks guide! Ok, I’m a woosie, so sue me!
The last pic here was taken at the pool very late in the evening…
Early morning on the Zambezi…
I woke up very early in the morning (after sharing my camp site with a herd of buffalo!) to this view:
The sounds begin very early – the birds, the early morning hippo grunts. I even heard a ground hornbill, but that was very early in the morning, maybe 3.00am?
I’m told that hippo yawn as a sign of aggression – well, I’m not sure why he felt threatened, but I kept my distance!
There are a lot of hippo in the Zambezi – I always marvel at people who paddle the river in canoes or kayaks – I have a healthy respect for hippo!
I’d paid for a night at this camping spot, so I took a drive down there to check it out – I didn’t want any surprises!
There wasn’t much going on – everyone seemed to be asleep!
This is taken at the mouth of one of the many streams that flow into the Zambezi River. In that opposite bank is a carmine bee-eater colony. They fly over, delighting with their awesome colours, and athletic manoeuvres. I don’t have a pic, I’m afraid, they moved too fast for me and my zoom wasn’t big enough to capture them as they come out of their nests.
I spent a lazy day here, just driving short distances from the camp site.
…watching as the light slowly faded and the heat dissipated somewhat.
I wanted to get myself all set up before dark.