Nxai Pan Part 2

22nd August 2016
The following morning we set off early and made our way to the Nxai Pan waterhole, we were hoping to catch a glimpse on any predators that may have a early morning drink but unfortunately for us the waterhole was only occupied by hundreds of Cape Turtle doves that flew in for their morning drink.

Later on in the morning some Jackals started to arrive at the waterhole and one Jackal even tried a few times to catch some of the drinking doves but without any success, as the day got warmer more and more animals started to arrive, first there was a group of Ostrich followed by a herd of Wildebeest and a lone Zebra that came running over the plains in a playful mood, the Wildebeest even walked into the waterhole while having their drink making a muddy mess of the water.

During the morning we had seen a Lanner Falcon try a few times to catch one of the Turtle doves and eventually it managed to catch one, the Falcon came flying in with the sun behind it and one unfortunate dove was not able to get away in time.

Throughout the rest of the morning there was a procession of animals that made their way to the waterhole, some sparring Springbok,Kudu,Ostrich,Impala and many others as well,eventually around midday we headed off back to our campsite for a late breakfast.

Later on in the afternoon we headed back to the waterhole, when we arrived there were some Elephants and Giraffe milling around, the Giraffe seemed to be using the waterhole as a meeting place to interact with other Giraffe and at one point there must have been about 10 Giraffes gathered at the waterhole.

As the sun started to set some of the male Giraffe started to spar with each other, fortunately for us they kept moving parallel to the road and we were able to follow them keeping the setting sun and the afternoon colours behind them,shortly after the sun had set the Giraffe wandered off into the bush and we headed back to the campsite.

On the way home a lone Elephant bull on the way home gave us one last opportunity for some photographs in the fading light.

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