After 13 nights on a fantastic safari to Tanzania's Selous, Ruaha and Northern Serengeti the second part of our trip brings us back to one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, Ethiopia. Last year we went up north but this time the plan is to visit the tribes in the Omo valley and search for the Ethiopian wolf in the Bale mountains. Our flight from Kilimanjaro to Addis is nearly three hours delayed due to technical problems. Our friend and guide Tsegaab is waiting for us at the airport.
After a shorter than expected night of sleep we are on our way south. It is a long drive of about 600km to Arba Minch. On the way we make a photo stop at a market and there was a Khat auction ongoing. Khat is produced mainly in the horn of Africa and in many countries a controlled substance but legal in Ethiopia.
Below are some images from our visit to a Dorze village near Chencha. The Dorze are weavers and are living in 4m high huts.
The next day we visit the Arbore tribe on our way to Jinka. I did not take many pictures there as I was ill that day after the fish at Paradise lodge in Arbra Minch turned out not to be that fresh.
We find a heavily bleeding baboon in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. His troop is making loud alarm calls. It turned out that the baboon had attacked the cub of a female leopard and the leopard had subsequently wounded the baboon.
Our guide was convinced that the leopard would return once she had brought her cub into safety. We waited for a little over an hour and indeed he was right.
The baboons were in vain trying to protect their friend.
In the meantime a group of Zambian school kids on school excursion had arrived at the scene.
While I was capturing the expressions of the kids one of the troop baboons bit in the tail of the leopard. A shot I missed but my 13 year old daughter captured it on video.
The sound at the end of the video is the sound is a jeep getting a flat tyre.
My images of the angry hippo versus the elephant have been published in various newspapers and on national geographic this week through the UK press agency Rex Features.
This elephant had crossed to an island in the middle of the Chobe river in Botswana. The hippo was not happy about it and was apparently defending its territory. When more elephants crossed the river to the island the hippo backed off and went back into the river.
Here is the url to some of the publications:
My image below is part of a photo exhibition on rural Flanders at KADOC in Leuven until October 27th, 2013
Besides the spectacular crossings of the wildebeest over the Mara river (see my previous blogpost), Northern Serengeti - Kotagenda and Lamai wedge have so much more to offer. The vegetation here is very similar to the Masai Mara. You have the plains and the kopjes only far less people than in Kenya.
The area is a predator's heaven. We saw several lions and cheetahs. Only the leopards were hiding during our five night stay. The most spectacular lion sighting was the lion mother with her three week old cubs.
The food in the Olakari Lamai camp was the best of our entire trip to Tanzania. The tents were wonderful and the bucket shower was always warm when we needed it. Messenga our guide was great and Richard the camp manager a fantastic host.