In the early morning, this elephant extended its trunk toward us, to better sniff us.
We saw two Burchell’s zebras nursing. Found in southern Africa, Burchell’s zebras have a light gray stripe between the black stripes on their flanks.
And a baby giraffe.
Look at the closeup below to see a wound and scab on the left rear leg, and a bird hidden behind the tail.
A yellow-billed stork perched on a termite mound.
A female kudu.
At the end of the day, we headed back to camp early because we weren’t seeing much.
During heavy rain, low spots in the dirt roads fill with water. The game warden in the photo below tried to drive through the puddle and got stuck. He’s getting his bag from his truck before we give him a ride to the warden office. The next day our camp crew got his truck out. Dirt roads can become impassable in the wet season.
In this swampy area, a yellow-billed stork is hunting for frogs and other small animals.
The stork spreads its wing to cast a shadow and make it easier to spot animals in the water.
We stopped for a herd of impalas, a kind of antelope, on the road. Two hundred meters later we arrived in camp.
In the camp our tents fronted on a lake, and in the distance ears were sticking out of the water. Our camp was next to a lake with hippos! The photo below was taken from near our tent — we had to stay within the camp. A hippo is exhaling, sending a puff of water vapor into the air like a whale. I’ve since read that explosive exhaling is a threat display, but we didn’t know this at the time. So we enjoyed the lake and hippos.
We did look around camp for grass. At night hippos graze on grass lawns at our lodge in the Okavango Delta. We were told to stay in our cabins until after sunrise. We heard hippos grunting from the grass area behind our cabin, and people saw hippo footprints on the sandy path by our cabin. On that day’s boat ride, we stopped at a remote island with a grassy interior that was mown down. Our guide confirmed that hippos keep the grass short.