While much of the attention that Africa’s tourism industry gets is for its (deservedly) popular national parks and game reserves, a lot of wildlife viewing is possible away from the big name places. Many countries have private reserves and concessions, run for tourism or hunting, that provide outstanding wildlife watching opportunities. I had the amazing opportunity to visit one last year as the guest of a friend of mine who is a shareholder (not what you know but who!). The reserve, in the eastern corner of Botswana near Zimbabwe and South Africa, isn’t open to the public in general, so I figured I’d share a few images here by way of showing off.. I mean education.
Red-faced Mousebirds are common African specialities
Red-crested Korhaans are attractive members of the bustard family
Brown-hooded Kingfishers hunt far from water
Spotted Eagle Owls are one of several owls that can be seen here
Crested Barbets come in close.
Baobab trees are perfect for sundowners