Saturday, September 23, 2023

Bush Telegraph

It is very rare that you get to see a leopard with her kill and her young one on the very first trip you make to Africa, thanks to Option.
Option is the name of the tour guide who was with us for the last three days of our tour of Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Option was not only knowledgeable about wildlife, he had a sound knowledge about the history and geography of everything. He has this habit of exchanging information with his counterparts and he calls it "bush telegraph"
His grasp on the geological background of the terrain was admirable. When we camped at Savuti, during the campfire, he explained about the stars and I was stunned at his knowledge of constellations.
We were at the edge of our seat listening to one of the strategy executed by the lions of how they managed to feed on Elephants. When the waters receded all the animals migrated to other areas whereby there was nothing for the lions to feed on. They decided to feed on the mighty elephants. As they could not constrict and choke them (their usual strategy) they managed to bleed the elephants to death by cutting open their main artery, a process which took three to four days. There were casualties on the lion’s side too, but the pride managed to feed and sustain themselves.
In Option’s words “ When we think we know everything, Nature manages to rewrite history”
The additional advantage that he had was his great sense of humour and a good grasp of the language. You can hear from him in the video. Those of you who would like to engage him can contact him directly on Whatsapp +267 7241 7407 or mail at
Coming back to our main story, as usual Option kept collecting information from his bush telegram and when we told him that we spotted a jackal he said "forget the Jackal for the time being, I will show you something that you will never forget" He drove us directly to the spot where the leopard was resting after having her first fill of the Steenbok. It was later that we noticed that she had a cub too. (The leopard spots really help in the blending in.)
The leopard decided to move to a quieter place, so she picked up her kill and moved to the interior with her cub in tow. It was our luck that she walked right in front of our vehicle, so I could capture her movements in the video.
In another instance, we saw a leopard stalking and crouching waiting for the charge. He was waiting to see if he could reduce the distance between the prey and him. The waiting game went on for a long time and we had to leave before some action took place.


Option said...

Breathtaking Joe, what an epitome..speechless

roentare said...

This must be amazing experience seeing that with your own eyes

David M. Gascoigne, said...

A first rate guide on an expedition of this nature is so important and it looks like you got one. Great experience!

Mary said...

Oh wow Joe - this took me back to my times in both Botswana and Zimbabwe (I've visited each country twice) and the amazing safari drives I went on. Your video is awesome - the pair of zebras, the leopard's graceful movements when lying down, the eles, the birds etc. All first class shots.
Also great to see you and family members having such a wonderful time, and your great guide Option - those guys are always so amazing and their knowledge astounds one!
Thanks for all the super memories this post brought back for me.
Mary -

Anonymous said...

Awesome , always a delight to read your blogs !

Martha Jane Orlando said...

What a fabulous adventure you are having! Thanks for the photos and the fun of discovery.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

What wonderful photos how awesome to see them in person and not via the TV

Rita said...

Wow! What a trip and such a good guide to have.
Can't even imagine being that close to those animals! :)

Liz A. said...

I'm sure that was an amazing experience.

Anonymous said...

Joey, what an experience watching a leopard with its kill and cub. The photos and videos are extraordinary coverage. Lucky to have Option like guide on this safari!

Anonymous said...

Lucky to have been to such an adventurous trip. You have made the most of your trip to Botswana. Loved the post - Mercy G.

Anonymous said...

Awesome Joe, superb blog..

Anonymous said...

Good that you were having Option - Jagdish K

Ed said...

Perhaps you should join National Geographic! They love videos of animals doing their thing.

Anonymous said...

Wow Uncle! This looks amazing ! Superb blog! - Darrel

Gumer Paz said...

Very interesting what you say about how leopards bleed elephants. The truth is, it makes me very sad; but I recognize that it is the natural way of subsisting of animals.
I've liked the post :)
A big hug from Spain

DeniseinVA said...

An amazing post with fantastic photos!

Terra said...

What a fascinating photo safari and your guide sounds ideal. I am a member of African Wildlife Foundation which works to protect the animals and to get the support of local people.

Anvilcloud said...

You certainly had, here and below, what I would think is the trip of a lifetime.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful to see the nature through your lens. Thank you for sharing - Max

Christine said...

Wonderful tour!

A Casa Madeira said...

Encantada com as imagens;
Sabias palavras: "Quando pensamos que sabemos tudo,
a Natureza consegue reescrever a história" (option).
- Obrigada pela visita faço uma postagem por mês;
A fonte sua base é uma bacia grande.
A palavra da vez por aqui é o faça você mesmo.
Boa entrada de mês de outubro.

Delighted with the images;
You knew words: "When we think we know everything,
Nature can rewrite history" (option).
- Thanks for visiting, I post a month;
The source at its base is a large basin.
The buzzword around here is do it yourself.
Good start to the month of October.

carol l mckenna said...

Wow what an adventure for you and great photos for us ~ thanks,

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

J. S. Vila said...

In determinated special áreas, is usual to see the frequently living animals inside. But África is a real Big área. Is the good luck on your safari travel to have the options to see these Wild animals in action.

stella said...

Debe ser una experiencia maravillosa por lo que deja entrever tu preciosa y documentada entrada, es un lujo poder vivirlo y trasmitirlo después compartiendolo, gracias por ello
Un abrazo

Lisabella Russo said...

That must be absolutely amazing to see.

lichazul said...

Bonitas fotos , felicidades
Gracias por tus huellas en el blog de scrap
Buena jornada 👍

LOBEZNA said...

Qué suerte poder verlo!!!
Ya te sigo.
Feliz finde.

DeniseinVA said...

That must have been an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing with us.