On safari-- wildlife and nature photos


Kwando Reserve


African jacana & waterlily    Buffalo herd    White-fronted bee-eater
Fish eagle
Fish eagle. Click to enlarge

Immediately to Selinda's north, the magnet for wildlife is Kwando Reserve's 80 kilometres of river frontage, lined by lagoons and beautiful patches of open woodland. The river is the Kwando (Cuando in Angola), which feeds into the Linyanti swamps, then becomes the Linyanti River and finally the Chobe before joining the mighty Zambezi

Tsessebe on the river ©Yvonne Milbank   Tsessebe in tall grass ©Yvonne Milbank   Red lechwe crossing lagoon  Male lechwe sparring  Male lechwe competition ©Yvonne Milbank   Young fish eagle takes off ©Yvonne Milbank

Kwando is noted for its big buffalo and elephant herds, but there's no shortage of other wildlife such as the water-loving red lechwe and the tsessebe. Birdlife is magnificent

Sable antelope  Red-billed oxpeckers on sable   Tsessebe

Two of the larger antelopes are the magnificent sable (shown here with red-billed oxpeckers in attendance) and the much less handsome tsessebe, which is reputed to be Africa's fleetest antelope

Common reedbuck   Steenbok

One of the slowest antelopes is the medium-sized and mostly nocturnal reedbuck. Then there's the little steenbok, which likes dry open areas as long as thickets are close by for security

Nomad lion   Nomad lion

And the predators? Lion, of course. Kwando has a resident pride of about a dozen, but the male photographed above was one of a small group of nomads

One of the cheetah brothers   Cheetah brothers

There are also leopard and cheetah. The Linyanti's famed cheetah brothers were regular visitors

African wildcat   Dwarf mongoose

Smaller predators include the African wildcat, and the dwarf mongoose-- Africa's smallest carnivore-- which preys mainly on invertebrates but can also take rodents, reptiles and birds

Baboons

Chacma baboons often provide lighter moments...

Buffalo with oxpeckers

Yellow-billed oxpeckers can also be entertaining as they search buffalo for parasites

Rufous-naped lark   White-fronted bee-eaters  Crested barbet  Lilac-breasted roller

A few of Kwando's other smaller birds: a rufous-naped lark, which commonly perches on low bushes and termite mounds; white-fronted bee-eaters at their nesting holes in the river bank; a crested barbet; and a lilac-breasted roller warming up in the morning sun

If you came directly here and missed the main Linyanti region pages, click Introducing the Linyanti or use the links below for more African safari pages

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Where the photos were takenEquipment used at Kwando: Canon EOS1n, with Canon 300/2.8 lens and extenders, & 580 EX flash; Fuji Sensia 100. Yvonne used a Canon EOS 1D Mark II with 100-400 IS lens The Maplink on the left will show you where the Kwando River is


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