Little Vumbura is in the Okavango Delta and is considered to
be a water camp. They have water near the camp year round and they feature
water activities, such as going out in a small boat to see hippos and going for
a mokoro ride--more on that later. Instead of impala, because the ground
is marshy in most areas, the most prolific game is the red lechwe.
They are found in large herds of breeding females.......
.........and small herds of young
Here is a female that shows how they
differ from impala. The side stripe is less distinct, the hair is longer,
and they lack the distinctive M on the rear. Also for jumping through the
water, the rear is higher, and they have spread hooves so that they don't sink
into the mud. We saw several spectacular leaps, but the camera is never
ready for those.
Here's the usual view of zebras that one
and a giraffe with more of a Masai pattern
than the reticulated one usually sees in this area.
On the more bizarre side, here is a Nile
monitor lizard. He was about four feet long.
And, most unusual, we came across more
than a hundred Maribou storks in a low place in the late afternoon. They
are more often seen alone. Here a few of them--not a pretty bird--very
large with bare heads and a huge pink breeding display pouch on the neck which
they inflate to impress the ladies.