African safari wildlife ♡

Here are some of my happy iphone snaps of the wildlife we saw at Phinda recently.
I will post pics taken by my talented wildlife photographer son Robert in my next post.
Both sets evoke happy memories of the bush.
First up, a collection of big cat sightings, starting with this magnificent cheetah pair surveying their plain and then a mother with her cubs:

Lion are plentiful in the reserve, but good sightings in good light and those near camp are always exciting.  The highlight was seeing lion cubs on a kill.

Fascinating watching the interaction between this lion cub calling for her mother, and seeing her mother climb up into a nearby bush to hide!
Seeing leopard in this area is very unusual so we were especially lucky that our talented ranger Emma spotted this leopard during a night drive:
 I also adore zebra, so take many pics of them.  Vehicles seldom bother to stop for them and they can be rather skittish but I loved seeing the mum zebra and her baby especially.

You often see wildebeest with zebra.  I enjoyed seeing waterbuck on the airstrip, and the shy nyala buck around camp are very charming.

The limitations of iphone pics mean that very few bird pics are great (or for that matter distant hippo etc) but I still like taking atmospheric pics.

There are always antelope to see (springbok or whatever is most prevalent in a region) as well as the strangely beguiling loping giraffes.  I love giraffe markings, wish we saw that more often in fabric print.

Check out my other posts for other activities done on the Rangers Course.
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