In the morning on our next day in Hwange we have finally found the lions. Shepherd was doing the driving, suddenly we have heard jackals warning each other about something – he turned the vehicle and we have found impalas very excited about something, watching into the bush. We drove in the direction and found four lionesses with four cubs in a distance.

When we were on our way back to camp, we have seen a leopard, though it was for less than a second until it disappeared at full speed. It was a beautiful animal, nevertheless, very brightly coloured. We have also seen some impala on the way, some young males fighting, and a bachelor herd, which was quite interesting, as well. Not one of the males had one of his horns broken. it’s a painful thing, especially for his pride, as he won’t be able to fight again (unlike antlers, horns don’t grow back).

On the next drive we have seen some ostriches, and that would be it for distinctive animals. Our final drive that day was a drive to the palm island. It is a very distinctive place in Hwange, the only of its kind, close to the railway. Some years ago, estimate was of over a hundred, someone brought there palm seed and the whole area is scattered with palm trees. Elephants and other animals came to favour it for the palm fruit. We have only seen a group of sub-adult ostriches with their mother in there, a baby giraffe on the way, side-striped jackal I did not manage to catch on the camera and a beautiful sunset. On the way back we have also seen the train going across the park, but the photo came out slightly blurry as the driver didn’t manage to stop in time. I’m featuring it anyway.

 

When we were back in camp, during dinner like 2-3 herd of elephants came to drink from the waterhole. Spectacular!

 

After dinner me and Dix, a Canadian I met in the Hide, went to sleep in the bush, in a proper treehouse. We spoke for hours over a bottle of wine, listening to the sounds of a bush at night. And, on the way there, we’ve seen a beautiful chameleon and an African kangaroo, or rather a springhare.

In the morning on our last day in Hwange, I was woken up by baboon barking very close by and a jackal concert. I have also seen some of the jackals. The drive was not very successful, however, apart from some zebra and birds.

 On the way back out of Hwange, the only what you can say amazing thing, was a semi-adult leopard tortoise (I’m planning on getting one back home). They’re indigenous to Zim and very beautiful.
The next post to come will be on Matopos, or rather Matobo National Park in Zim, south of Bulawayo.
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