This is a trip report of our 5 night stay at Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game Reserve in Botswana's Tuli Block, December 2017.
We were treated with some incredible sightings as usual, and spent more than 10 hours each day/night on our game drive vehicle.
Our first major sighting was spending time with 8 African Wild Dogs not far from Cabbage Dam, on the Magerman's road. They were relaxing next to the road, and became active just before sunset.
The one morning we took the road to Southern Plains. We came across a Blue Wildebeest giving birth. After about 15 minutes we decided to rather carry on, and leave the wildebeest in peace. About 500m on we came across a very large male lion, relaxing on the northern edge of Southern Plains. He gave us a show. He then stood up, patrolling his territory and stroll across the Southern Plains, with the beautiful Lipadi hill as backdrop.
But then the inevitable happened...he came across the newborn Blue Wildebeest, and took the easy prey.
Other mammal sightings worth mentioning included Elephant, White Rhino, Brown and Spotted Hyena, and probably the biggest male leopard on Limpopo-Lipadi, a leopard named Motsamai, which we found at the airstrip stalking blue Wildebeest!
One of the birding highlights was finding 3 of the smaller raptors: Shikra, Ovambo Sparrowhawk and Gabar Goshawk. I also had my first sighting of Grey Penduline Tits on Limpopo-Lipadi! Nightjars were everywhere. We recorded Rufous-cheeked, Fiery-necked, Square-tailed and European Nightjars! We also enjoyed large flocks of Common Swifts, they are serious flyers and a photographic nightmare extraordinaire!
Our next trip to the bush will probably only be in April/May, as we are expecting our second child in March...some new adventures await us!
Anton and Renate
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