FAVORITE MEMORIES FROM MY RECENT ADVENTURES IN AFRICA
IN NOVEMBER 2015, STELLA WENT ON A BOTSWANA AND VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI THERE ARE HER FAVORITE EXPERIENCES.
STELLA’S TOP FIVE EXPERIENCES FROM HER ADVENTURES!
1. BIG CATS!
While elephants are my all time favorite animal to see on safari, and Botswana is home to some of the largest elephant herds on the continent, I will never forget the two incredible cat sightings on this safari. No one can deny how cute baby animals are. Some of the most ferocious beasts have some of the cutest cubs! This is why witnessing a lion mother move her 4-week-old cubs ranks as a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.
Our expert guides found the mother lion, her sister, and her juvenile son lazily enjoying morning’s first light. Our guides were well acquainted with this family unit and we sat still and watched, knowing the cubs were hidden nearby. Our guides informed us that our chances of spotting the cubs was very slim due to the mother’s protective nature, so we made the decision to continue on. About 20 minutes after we left, we received a radio call that the cubs were being moved by their mother. Without hesitation we turned around and headed back to their location.
While all the wildlife experts in the area were aware of the cubs, this was their debut introduction to visiting guests! We sat silently in awe as the lioness gently transported her cubs one by one to a new, safer location.
The second big cat sighting was memorable as it was my first time seeing a leopard. These elusive nocturnal creatures are always hard to spot and it’s easy to drive past without noticing. Adding to the excitement of finding this leopard was the fact that I spotted her before anyone else in the vehicle – truly a proud safari moment! After multiple safaris, across several countries where the leopard has always eluded me, I finally found her on my last game drive in Botswana. She was laying on a tree branch in the distance.