Here comes our first lion.
He's so close you can see our shadow at the bottom of the picture - we're the ones wearing the hats.
A tingly feeling goes through all of us - he's close and we're in an open landrover.
Time to move on and look for the pride.
Here are the tracks that lone lion left next to our vehicle.
And there he goes with our vehicle bringing up the rear.
I'm sure this male impala we saw shortly after we saw the lion was grateful that the lion was not hungry.
The females of the Chitabe Pride were resting near a water hole.
She could barely keep her eyes open even though she rose to a sitting position.
Her look said, "Let's see who's going to blink first."
The second male in the pride; showing us his big teeth as he yawned.
He's testing the air for the scent of oestrus, which will indicate whether a female is ready to breed.
The flash from my camera made her eyes glow. I captured a bit of the jeep at the bottom so you can see how close we really are to this lioness.
Sunset at the waterhole where we watched the lions.
Not quite a full moon yet; but close.
A beautiful sunrise in the bush.
The red glow in the sky as the sun rose was spectacular.
The landscape around Chitabe Trails was mostly like this.
As we leave camp, we encounter this mom with her calf having breakfast.
Elephants rip away the bark to get to the more succulent portions of the tree.
The herd of Cape Buffalo stretched out as far as the eye could see.
This trio just looked at us and then went about grazing on the grass.
A female Cape Buffalo - she did have a mean look, but she paid little heed to us.
The horns on the males are heavier - they use them as weapons when they butt heads with other males.
Eat some more? I believe I will. These cookies were often served when we stopped for tea in the bush.
In the early afternoon light, the colors of the landscape were different from the morning.
A Southern Giraffe stops browsing to check us out.
Can you see it? Yes, there is a cheetah in this picture. As soon as it noticed us, the cheetah was off and running. Within seconds, it was out of sight.
The moon rises over the trees - there is still plenty of daylight left.
Less shy, this cheetah made himself at home in front of our jeep.
As the sun dropped low on the horizon, the cheetah left us to head home.
A lone Cape Buffalo under the rising moon.
That lone buffalo wasn't alone after all - here's the rest of the herd.
Red skies at night, sailors' delight - except that we're in the middle of the bush.
Enjoying a drink in the bush.
Saddle Billed Stork - foraging at a water hole as the sun rises.
Burchell's Zebra - in a typical butt-out grouping.
Curiosity got the better of some of the zebra as they raised their heads to check us out.
Blue Wildebeest will combine with others for safety - here they have joined the zebra herd.
Tsessebe - one of the fastest of the antelope species.
Hippos in the Gomoti Channel.
Common view of hippos during the day - submerged to their eyes in the water.
Crocodiles sunning themselves along the Gomoti - they are on the Moremi Reserve lands.
An elephant carcass - the cold waters of the Gomoti serve as a refrigerator.
Crocs and a carcass - adds up to a feast. The third croc is swimming underwater towards the carcass.
After dipping his toes in the water several times, this ellie decided to cross the water to join the herd on the other side.
We followed this ellie from the airstrip to the waterhole.
Soon, the first ellie was joined by another for a refreshing drink.
What a fantastic trip! My dream...