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African Landscape II
African Landscape II (22)
Trip Date:2004-01-14 - 2004-01-18
# Photos:23 [View]
Countries visited:Botswana
Vista: 7351
The Khutse Game Reserve in Botswana covers an area of 2500 square kilometers. The extensive mineralised pan system within Khutse provides an important habitat for wildlife. It attracts herbivores to graze on the grasses of the pans, to drink the mineralised water during the rainy season and to lick salt during the dry season. In turn, these herbivores attract predators, such as lion, cheetah and leopard. Large concentrations of game can be seen in the reserve, as well as a large range of bird life.

There are no tourist lodges, chalets or rest camps in Khutse. Nor are there any shops or fuel supplies. Developments have been kept to a minimum and the wilderness atmosphere is carefully preserved. You can only get there with a 4x4 vehicle, and all visitors to Khutse must be completely self-contained in all their requirements, including drinking water. What I found interesting was the fact that the game reserve itself doesn't even have a fence around it. This is true Africa, and as real as it gets!

We stayed next to the Moreswe Pan in the western part of the reserve. We saw a lot of animals and some amazing sights, including a pride consisting of five male lions, cheetahs hunting and killing their prey, a huge rock monitor and a python hunting for food at night.

One of the highlights of our stay was when two male lions walked into our camp one morning. I heard people screaming at me, and wondered why, until I saw a male lion standing less than 15 meters in front of me, with nothing in between us. It is difficult to explain how it feels to be so exposed to one of these magnificent animals! My first reaction was to look for my camera, but sanity prevailed and my next move was to get into our Land Rover as soon as possible. Luckily the lions we more curious than anything else, because if they were hunting at that time I would definitely not have lived to tell the tale...