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"For The Love of Africa"

AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime


Country: Botswana                                            
Location: Okavango Delta               
Reserve: Moremi Game Reserve 
Camp: Mombo Camp  



This is a picture of a famous leopard about 8 feet directly above our topless truck quietly growling, spitting and snarling in her sausage tree.  Her name is Legadema. Legadema's life story became the National Geographic Emmy winning documentary, "Eye of The Leopard".  Here her angry face, her teeth and her stunning hide show in a spectacular fashion all set against the brilliant greens and weathered sausage tree bark.   I snapped away while my hubby, on the truck floor, was scared to death.  Our guide moved us very quickly.  We had watched her leave her favorite sausage tree a while earlier and thought she was gone.

This picture was taken in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta.  The Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa.  It is the largest inland delta system in the world, an area of about 6000 square miles making a mosaic of grasslands, floodplains, palm-tree islets, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a perfectly constructed puzzle, in which animals wander as they please.  What makes this area most remarkable is that it is a wetland paradise located deep within the arid Kalahari Desert.   The Okavango is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis. The water of the Okavango literally floats on a saturated sea of sand.

The heart of the Okavango is the Moremi Game Reserve. Mombo Camp - renowned for having what is arguably the best big game viewing in Botswana - lies in the Moremi Reserve on the northern tip of Chief's Island, the largest landmass in the Okavango Delta.

Multiple Emmy Award winners Dereck and Beverly Joubert followed Legadema, from 3 days old, over several years.  Legadema's life story became the National Geographic Emmy winning documentary, "Eye of The Leopard". 

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