Harriet Smith Photography


"For The Love of Africa"

AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime



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


This picture shows a feisty 12 week old cub makes his wishes known. He is not happy being left alone. He is probably in the process of being weaned, as mothers typically wean their cubs at 10-12 weeks.  This little guy had a big growl, sounding very adult like and so much personality.  It is easy to understand how early European settlers in Africa would take in an abandoned or orphaned lion cub.  They are absolutely adorable -- both playful and loving.

This picture was taken 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, 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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