Pushed for time, at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, we thought we had once again missed out on the opportunity to see a Rhino in the wild. Driving all around the pan, I took photos of Zebra, Ostrich….well all sorts, but not the animal we wanted. Then, far way in the distance, I saw what could be a huge ant’s nest…it was the right colour and shape. I thought it was too big for a Rhino…


The above pic is where I used the camera as bino’s…and yup, definitely a Rhino, but many kilometres away and with the strict “remain on the roads,” rule in the Khama Sanctuary, had no idea how we could get close to it. So we decided to go back to the pan where we saw the dead animal and photograph the vultures. I’m really bad at capturing birds flying – I thought slow moving vultures may be the only thing I would get that day…

RhinoWe arrived at the pan to find these two…one wallowing in the mud! RhinoSo chuffed we had finally got the shots we wanted, we sat there watching these huge animals drinking, wallowing, living their lives. They appear to be gentle creatures, ignoring the throngs of vultures, the timid jackal and the warthogs. About to drive off, we saw this in the distance…strolling towards the pan.

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When the second pair were about a hundred metres away, the first two just walked off…





Click on any photo in the above gallery, and it will open in full size. Watching them approach the pan, we wondered how they would react to the vultures and the other animals drinking at the pan. We wondered if they, like elephants often do, would bash their way through…they didn’t. The approached steadily, taking munches of grass, skirted the main group of vultures and without any fan-fare, drank, wallowed and drank again.

I am certain they posed for me: Rhino

before also strolling off…Rhino

And why did they move off? Because in the distance, the pair I had photographed earlier were moving to the pan…they even stopped and had a conflab!

This was even better than we had even dreamed of…the mummy and baby spoke to the other two pairs, and made their way to drink…

RhinoPosed for me…Rhino

And went ahead to drink. The little guy mucked about in the mud, playfully bumping the warthog, and the mother didn’t spike it with that incredibly long horn…Rhino

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I’m sorry there are so many photos in this post – but I just couldn’t choose which ones to leave out and I wanted to share this amazing experience with you…This place, Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a place I would recommend for anyone who wants to see Rhino in the wild. Elsewhere on this blog I have photos of the campsites – I would not like to drive in a little car here though, I was in four wheel drive most of the time and the “middle-manejie” was fairly high.




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Stew - 23. Oct, 2014 - Reply

Lovely Frankie, thanks so much.

frankiekay - 24. Oct, 2014 - Reply

Thanks Stew and thanks for the encouragement

joanfrankham - 23. Oct, 2014 - Reply

Amazing photos, what a lucky day you had, seeing these wonderful animals.

frankiekay - 24. Oct, 2014 - Reply

Yes it was a crazy day – Imagine seeing so many Rhino? We had hoped to see at least one at a distance – never expected this! It was very interesting watching them too, the way they interact with other species and their own…

Suki - 10. Nov, 2014 - Reply

Wonderful sightings and so lovely to see. So tragic that these beautiful gentle animals are persecuted due to man’s ignorance and greed.

frankiekay - 10. Nov, 2014 - Reply

It was a gift to be able to rush in, spend one night, and be able to see so many of these animals in the wild – we were very lucky – I’m glad you enjoyed the photos

spookmoor - 27. Jan, 2015 - Reply

Without a doubt, magical photos and I am so pleased for you. Personally I liked the last one best as the warthog appealed to me. Once again magic man.

frankiekay - 27. Jan, 2015 - Reply

If I get a chance to go back there – Ill definitely spend longer. Although the park is tiny, there is enough to watch for several days. I have seen a rhino in the wild at Matopos, but now, it’s a long time ago, and I didn’t get as close up to them as this.