Water water…waterhole sightings from these Extraordinary lodges.
Seeing that these three camps (Imbali Safari Lodge, Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge & Hamiltons Tented Camp) share the Mluwati Concession, I have combined baboon sightings that were enjoyed at the various lodge waterholes.
With no rain forecast and the ground very dry,
I had to look for these "water" images close to each of the lodges that I stayed at.
Elephants and water...
An awesome combination!
But not necessarily for any other animals that might want a drink.
Elephants can be notoriously possessive of "their" waterholes.
Wildebeest don't always get the photographic attention they deserve.
In order to rectify that,they will feature quite prominently in this posting.
As will the elephants...
This lone bull was certainly enjoying himself
and he did not have to share the waterhole.
Even this Impala ram had a few drops of water
coming off his chin as he stood up.
And THIS Impala seems to be totally dismissive of this large tusker.
This particular individual has a "broken" ear,
which hung like a curtain and unable to be flapped.
The trunk of an elephant can hold 11L of water.
This seems to be overflowing.
The prehensile tip of the trunk
can pick up the smallest object without damaging it...
Or it can tear branches off trees.
Guess who has been for a wallow.
Pumba, that's who...
This baby baboon took an unexpected swim
when it fell into a waterhole.
Luckily it was a warm day and he was able to dry off quickly.
Water for the guests in the lodge. The lip of a swimming pool.
I did say earlier that I would be featuring the Wildebeest...
You were warned.
Some guides refer to the humble Gnu as
the poor man's buffalo...but this could not be further from the truth.
Focused on the Glossy Starling, this is the mighty African Buffalo.
I have been told that they always look at you as if you owe them money.
This bull seems to be staring at the Starling with the same expression.
The Wildebeest is an antelope designed by a committee.
They have the horns of the Buffalo,
The body of a Hyena
The tail of a horse.
The stripes of a Zebra
And the brain of a Guinea Fowl.
More water...for me this time.
One last look...
The perfect way to end the day... An African sunset guides me back to the lodge and bed. Night all...
Even when drinking - or perhaps, especially when drinking, impalas can't afford to let down their guard. The position of their eyes on their head gives them excellent peripheral vision, which certainly helps...