Known for a high density of elephants and huge baobab trees, this park was the first one to be ventured into.
Straight through the gates and we came to a stop immediately to view spectacular coloured parrots before being ambushed by some vervet monkeys. The dik-diks were a bit too shy and quick for the camera, but the impala, zebra and gnu were all a little more obliging, especially at the water hole.
Then they came and just seemed to keep on coming – the renowned African elephants. First a herd crossed the dusty track and then at the dry river bed, holes were made to reach valuable water, cool mud was flung and some minor arguments settled.
Our eyes then scanned the slope of a nearby escarpment, trying to find a reported lion sighting, before coming closer to home to see the lions saunter alongside the jeep. How close was that!
To add to the big cat tally, three cheetahs were spotted (get it?) lying in the shade of a tree.