Tag : Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Rainstorm over the Khama Rhino Sanctuary

There is nothing like an African rainstorm. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is in Serowe, Botswana and its pretty dry there. So to be in a rainstorm is special, its as if the bush knows its going to be renewed. We left Johannesburg very early in the morning in order to give ourselves enough time to stop along the way to take photos!

We arrived at about lunch time, and…went to sleep in the car! We woke to this:

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The light was perfect for photos. I took many more than these!

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This is now heading back to the campsite:

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This tree!! (above.) Ok, I know its featured already on this blog – but without the awesome clouds behind.

The following were all taken in the campsite:

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I wanted to get a better view of the amazing sunset, so I climbed this tree – yup, me – for all my followers, I climbed the tree with my precious camera!

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I think it was worthwhile! The pastels shades are lovely. This pic and the one below were taken well after sunset.

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And then it rained, and rained – it was SUCH fun!

Did we see a Rhino? Yes!!! Lots and lots of lovely Rhino.

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Tusker…

I don’t think Ive ever seen a warthog with such huge tusks. He didn’t even bother to get up off his knees while we sat for ages watching him and snapping pics…P1140673-001

Taken in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana

Hornbill…

This little guy jumped on our windscreen to beat up the hornbill he could see there!P1140456-001

Taken in the camp site at Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana.

Rhino…

Once again, Khama Rhino Sanctuary provided the experience of a lifetime and one I won’t forget. This time, we made sure we arrived in plenty of time for the sunset! I didn’t get a decent shot of the pan – its just too vast!

Pretty close to the road is a patch of salt that the animals appear to visit, lick at the rocks and move on. We parked closeby and watched them. Kudu, impala, warthog…wildebeeste.

Impala

 

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and then…the rhino strolled into into the frame:

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He checked us out…Rhino

Pooped on the other poop…

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And then strolled away to the main pan…Rhino

 

I sat silent (for a change) as they walked past the car, and I swear, they creak, like a new leather saddle on a horse!

Kudu…

I think kudu are my all time favourite antelope. As a child I tried to sneak up as close as I could! They are always on the alert, ready to rush off.

Even in a park where there are no predators, and no one shoots them, they seem poised for flight.

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A female and few youngsters are pictured here eating salt at the pan…KuduThe females don’t have those awesome twisty horns the males do…

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Any hunter knows, the males, always to be found in the thick brush, remain in sight, but hard to aim at. I took this (camera) shot with the zoom pretty much all out. They stood just inside the tree line the entire time the girls licked the salt…head butting each other.

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Here again zoomed

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The bold and the beautiful…

Warthog

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Ramp model…

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Warthog

Dove…

I have always loved these birds; the colours and the peaceful sounds they make. As a child, I watched them pecking at the chicken feed and wanted to stroke the delicate mauves and blue shades on their feathers…

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Can you believe, the ripples are reflected on the bird!

DoveI couldn’t resist messing with this photo…

 

Wannabe…

“She is taking pictures of Rhino – do you think she will notice me now?”

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Rhino

Peek-a-boo…

Don’t you love the eyelashes?

Giraffe

This little guy had lovely dark colouring and didn’t mind checking us out.

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Then he strolled off towards the dark door in the trees.

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