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Kwando - Trip Report. Lot`s of dogs!

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Just back from 10 wonderful days at Kwando (kwara 4 night, Lebala 3 nights and Lagoon 3 nights).
After an uneventful flight on Air Botswana I met up with my private guide for the next 10 days, Steve. I had used Steve as a guide last year and had looked forward to seeing him again.
Kwara looked quite different from August last year as the water had receded fro the floodplain in front of camp, leaving a pool just deep enough to hide a male Hippo.
During the first drive we watched a female Cheetah with her 3, 3-4 week old cubs, very cute!. After dark we found the resident pack of 3 Wild Dogs. The dogs had unfortunately lost their puppies a few weeks earlier. The next evening the dogs killed an Impala and we got there just in time to watch them eating the last bits. The late arrival to the scene was due to the fact that we were following a pregnant Cheetah. With a little luck there will be a lot more Cheetahs at Kwara soon!. Other nice sightings at Kwara. two male Lions shadowing some Buffalo in the morning. Unfortunately these Lions didn`t know that they are not supposed to kill during the heat of the day so while we were having breakfast in camp, they were having a late breakfast in the bush. In the afternoon we atched them finishing most of the meat on the Buffalo. Other nice sightings at Kwara included Sable, Serval, Bat Eared Fox and lots of interesting birds.
Next stop Lebala. Most of the time was spent with the pack of 23 dogs (incl 11 puppies) as they travelled from the southern end of the concession towards the north (some 50km) spreading havoc in the Impala population. I witnessed to kills start to finish. In both cases we had the vehicle 10-15 meters away at the time the dogs got hold of the Impala. With the first kill the dogs succesfully fended away some Hyenas that tried to take over the kill.
We followed another hunt where we lost the dogs 50 m before they made the kill as the Impala ran into some heavy thicket. We had to make a small detour and hooked up with the dogs as they had just started eating. Unfortunately the Hyenas moved in and took over the kill. We also spent some time with the 2 Cheetah brothers hunting (unsuccesful).
Lebala was packed with Elephants. Other sightings included Striped Polecat, Caracal, Serval, Honey Badger and Bat Eared Fox, lots of Lion and a beautiful herd of Roan Antelope.
At Lagoon we tracked Lion for more that 2 hours through dense woodland. Visited two beatiful colonies of Carmine Bee Eaters (more than a thousand birds). A lot of Sable and Roan Antelope. In one game drive we saw more than a thousand Zebra. Night drives yielded lots of Genet and Civet, Selous Mongoose and a lot of Wild Cats.
We had a very entertaining incident with the dogs. They chased a big male Warthog, that fled to the top of a termite mound trying to back into an Ardvark hole only to discover that the hole was not big enough. Luckily for the Warthog the dogs had already given up. Next the dogs made a halfharted attempt on a Buffalo calf. The dogs continued to hunt after dark. We found a pair of Steenbok keeping a low profile in the grass. The dog ran in circles around the Steenboks without finding them. Unfortunately for the one Eteenbok a vulture took of from a nearby tree and spooked her. Immediately the dogs were onto her and killed her a few hundred meters away. The puppies were nearby and we were able to see them feed as well as begging the adults for food, causing them to regurgitate.
Gameviewing from camp was excellent in all 3 camps and the night sounds incredible. Elephants grazing next to the tents. One evening we had a huge Bull elephant walking up to the camp fire. The next morning I foundhis tracks 12 meters away. Truly and awesome sight to see this gentle giant at night
All in all the trip was extremely succesful.
The camps delivered the friendly staff and excellent food that I got to appreciate last year and my guide Steve along with the different trackers delivered the sightings and excitement that I was hoping for.

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