On safari in Botswana in 2012 we had the opportunity to get close up to a wonderful variety of animals – the relatively few other visitors and quality of guiding made for a very special visit. We were fortunate to see leopards on almost every day.
We heard this lioness before we saw her - she had obviously eaten recently and was separated from the rest of the pride. We followed her over some distance as she walked, calling loudly every few minutes to try to locate the rest of her group, before climbing a termite mound where she had a better view.
Baby elephant, as the troop were at the water's edge to drink. This baby was more interested in trying to suckle from its mother
On Guard! This rather sleepy and very full male lion was settled down next to his giraffe carcass. Nearby were a range of other predators - jackal, vultures, fish eagle and marobou stork - all waiting their chance for some pickings when he moved off
Vervet monkeys are abundant in the Okavango Delta - this one was keeping a close watch on us.
A pair of Zebra, nuzzling amongst a feeding herd. As always on safari it was difficult to get a clear view - and avoid the out of focus vegetation in the foreground.
Ahhhhh! We watched this leopardess relaxing on top of a termite mound for some time, before she eventually yawned, stretched and sauntered off.
A herd of Zebra seen approaching a water hole to drink in the heat of the day
This leopard had just finished clearing up the reains of some kudu intestines!
We watched a feeding frenzy as a pride of 6 lions came across a freshly killed (by a leopard) impala carcass, and got thoroughly 'stuck in'!
This was a very mischievous young lion cub - his mother clearly wanted him to hurry up so that they could catch up with the rest of the pride, but he was not to be distracted from a bit of fun with a bendy branch! Early morning light levels made it difficult to capture very sharp images.
These beautiful antelopes, called Lechwe, are fond of the watery margins of the Okavango floodplains. This adult and youngster were walking in front of our camp at Tubu Tree.
A baby elephant joins a river crossing - almost disappearing below the water on several occasions!
We viewed the hippo pod from a boat, on the Okavango Delta waterways around our camp at Tubu Tree - and were able to get quite close as they lazed around, submerging and reappearing and giving the occasional yawn.
This young leopardess was heading towards a Kudu carcass when she obligingly jumped up onto the tree stump for a look around, and posed for some photos
Wattled crane coming in to land
Leopard showing his teeth to the nearby hyena
Saddle-billed stork, watching the waters of the Okavango Delta
This young female leopard seemed unconcerned as she chewed on a Kudu leg, safely up a tree as a group of hyena finished off the main carcass below. Occasionally a chunk of meat dropped down causing much excitement amongst the hyena! Her mother was also up the tree, and the male leopard kept watch from close by.
Elephant passing very close to our van!
A young female leopard sitting patiently in the tree branches in the (forlorn) hope that the hyena below would leave something of the kill for her
Two of a group of 5 hyena feeding on a Kudu that had been killed by leopard. Three leopards watched from out of range, but did not try to interfere!
Hyena are powerful animals - this one was keeping a close eye on a nearby leopard, to make sure it didn't try to sneak in on their lunch!
This young (3 month) lion cub was fully involved with the rest of the pride as they demolished an impala carcass in front of our van
Leopard watching - unbothered by the approach of our vehicle.
One of a family of warthog - unusually close enough to the vehicle to get a decent picture!