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Meal Fit For A Pride

Country: Botswana  
Location: Okavango Delta
Reserve: Moremi Game Reserve 
Camp:Duba Plains

Meal Fit For A Pride

This picture shows seven lionesses feeding on the buffalo this massive buffalo after they successfully trapped it in the brush, isolating it from the herd for the kill.   So huge was this buffalo, that the male had to come in to complete the kill. He then proceeded to drive the females off so he could have the buffalo all to himself. The male having satiated himself is now nearby resting in the shade.  The lionesses are not delicate. They rip, tear, growl at one another, pull pieces away that can stretch for several feet before snapping with loud noises, startling them all and creating more chaos.

This Picture was taken on 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, a mosaic of grasslands, floodplains, palm-tree islets, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels, all combined into 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.

Duba Plains is one of the Okavango Delta's most remote camps and is located in the furthermost reaches, north of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. The camp is built on an island shaded by large ebony, fig and mangosteen trees and surrounded by expansive plains which are seasonally flooded.

Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the world renowned husband and wife wildlife documentary team, spent two years among the prides of lions and a large buffalo herds at Duba Plains Camp filming  Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo, for  National Geographic.

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