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Lagoon Camp, Botswana
In 2004 we stayed the first and last time at this camp. In this year we had our first impressive contacts with wild dogs including 2 hunts with kills.
In the following years Lagoon was always booked, but this year we had luck.
Day 1, Nov., 7th,
After a late arrival in Maun due to departure delay in Johannesburg, we flew to our first stop to Kwando Lagoon. In the air we could see „rain-towers“ increasing on our way north.
On landing our pilot had to start through as an Impala was running straight on the airstrip in that moment.
We were greeted by our guide Allison and tracker BD. We had to hurry up, as the cheetahs had been seen close to the airstrip, which also caused the Impala to run on it.
After a couple of minutes we found the 3 brothers close to a small pan. We watched them for a while before heavy rains started. We drove to camp. Our car was not wet, it was flooded. The ponchos tried to do a good job but they couldn´t prevent us getting wet. In camp we were shown to our tents and we could get rid of our wet clothes.
The Lagoon tents need some kind of renovation. Don´t get me wrong, I don´t need more luxury, only some kind of make up, just like working zippers for example. These tents have for sure seen better days.
Day 2, Nov., 8th.
Early wake up as usual. And no rain. After some coffee of for morning game drive. Other guests in our car left for Lebala, so we had to make our way south to Halfway Pan. That´s a nice place with lots of birds and some hippos. Great sighting of African Fish Eagle, Monitro Lizard and African Darter.. We met Charles who´s managing Lebala now. On our way back we saw the Cheetah brothers again. They where relaxing on a termite mount. We took quality time with them.
In the afternoon we had to share the URI with 4 other guests, which is not a good option in a 2 row car. We knew that that could happen to us, but we hoped it wouldn´t. Those belgian people came out to be very nice and they were so polite that one of them was always sitting in the front beside Allison and we had our row on our own.
Nevertheless we saw lots of plain game, the usual stuff. Said that, I must mention, we really saw a lot of plain game this year, both in Lagoon and Lebala, more than in previous visits. Especially Giraffes have been abundant.
The highlight of that day was for sure the sighting of a pangolin after dark. I don´t know how BD was able to spot that strange animal. We spent lot of time with it. At least we also saw it move and climb around a termite mount. This was our first first timer.
Day 3, Nov., 9th,
Time for the dogs.
We found these, in our eyes, most fascinating animals close to camp.
The „Northern Pack“, 11 adults and 7 puppies. The puppies were already pretty grown and running wild. They were lying closed to the road and we watched them for a while.
We decided to leave them and come back in the afternoon for some „dog action“.
Other sightings: Zebra action, a recently killed Kudu, but no cats to be found, a herd of buffalos and the usual plains game and lots of birds
During the midday break it started to rain, but the rain stopped right in time for the action.
The afternoon drive was packed with dogs running wild. After the greeting ceremony they went of hunting.
During that they brought up a Bat-eared fox, who was running for dear life. Amazing what you see, when you follow those guys. Roan Antilope in the distance was another sighting.
They came across a dazzle of zebra. The Zebras started to chase and attack the dogs, which was also amazing.
In the end the dogs managed to take down an impala fowl and a fully grown Impala.
Useless to say, that there was no sundowner stop and we returned to camp for our drinks and food.
On our way back to camp a uge Black Mamba crossed our path.
At this point some words about the camp. Lagoon Camp is a rustic camp, which we like. But we think it´s time for some kind of renovation of the tents. They seem to be a bit to run down. Unfunctional zippers and such things. Keep in mind: I only talk about renovation not renewing. Maybe just new canvas would do! But that´s nothing, to keep us not going there again!
Day 4, Nov., 10th,
We got up earlier as the previous days, as our belgian friends had an early flight to Kwara.
It was about time to change it, as we now were out on the first light of the day. But it seemed to us, that somebody forgot to open the animal´s cages, no one at home.
At least we found a giraffe in the early sunlight,which made for some nice photos.
Then we found a relaxed secretary bird on top of an acacia tree. We could approach the bird and I was able to take some shots.
On our way back to camp we drove right into a big herd of buffalos.
Battling giraffes was another first timer for us.
After brunch we had to say byebye to our belgian friends.
We decided to go on a boat cruise at midday. The sun was not shining so it was quite nice. Something different.
New guests arrived, and we were surprised to meet Pascal and Michel from France again, whom we met last year at Lebala. Both of them fabulous photographers.
In the afternoon we were accompanied by a nice english couple.
We saw the cheetahs again. They had managed to take down an Impala earlier and were now busy relaxing in the shadow. We met Thabo and Borman, who told us, that they would „take care“ of us in Lebala the next day
Besides that it was a quite afternoon.
At least we were able to get a nice sundowner on a pod with lots of hippos, both alive and dead.
On our way back we saw a Pel´s Fishing owl, another first timer.
Some spring hare and a genet were also spotted.
Day 5, Nov., 11th,
Time to leave Lagoon and go to Lebala.
We headed to Halfway Pan again for prisoner exchange.
On our way there we again enjoyed the battle of giraffes and met some buffalos.
Also the cheetahs passed by to wave bye bye.
Lebala action coming soon!
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