Kokomo Camp is due to open in May 2016 and is the base for exploring the wild, remote and stunning Liuwa Plain National Park. A truly off the beaten track destination that has to be on the list for the well travelled Africa explorer.
David Attenborough’s ‘The Hunt’
Nothing gets us more excited than a new David Attenborough series, especially when it has such a strong focus on Africa! In light of the first episode of ‘The Hunt’ which aired on Sunday 1st November at 9pm, we bring you the best places to spot some of the stars of the show…
Wild dogs are one of the smaller inhabitants of the African bush, but their speed, stamina and pack mentality mean they can bring down animals ten times their own weight. Their tactic? Working as a team and wearing down their prey over long distances. Perhaps nowhere has this been so clearly demonstrated as in episode one of ‘The Hunt’, during which we saw a pack of wild dogs track down a herd of wildebeest. They carefully split one off from the rest of the pack, pursued it until it had no fight left in it, and eventually killed it, satiating their appetite until the following day, when they would need to do all the same again.
The epic wild dog chase featured on this episode of ‘The Hunt’ was filmed in Liuwa Plain, and we’re in agreement here – this is easily one of the most exclusive spots in Africa for spotting the elusive wild dog. If you're looking for off-the-beaten-track game viewing, this remote national park in the far west of Zambia is definitely the place to head.
Over in another of Zambia’s stunning national parks, we saw a leopard hungry for an impala. Known for the great disguise provided by its fur, a leopard can easily blend into the bush and creep up on its prey. But things become more difficult for the leopard when it is faced with the vast open plains of South Luangwa. Now the leopard has to find a more cunning way of sneaking up on its prey, and did so here by climbing down into a trench that ran through the middle of a plain.
A huge success, it seemed, when she was clutching an impala by the leg with her jaw, but alas, the nimble creature made a last minute escape, leaving the leopard looking really rather vexed! The abundance of leopard in the Luangwa is famous, and if you want to go in search of these handsome creatures there are few better places to do so.
Described by Attenborough as ‘the planet’s most patient predator’, the Nile crocodiles featured in ‘The Hunt’ lie quietly in the Grumeti River waiting for their food to come to them. Their much anticipated prey is of course the wildebeest, who come by but once a year during the Great Migration. For the wildebeest, who famously migrate from Tanzania to Kenya and back again to follow Africa’s rains and graze on the new grasses it leaves behind, the river crossings are always the most dangerous part of their great journey.
But while they take the plunge, desperately hoping to make it to the opposite bank alive, the crocodiles who are waiting in the river are relying on this arrival of prey for their annual feed. Safari aficionados flock to Africa to make the most of this breath-taking spectacle, showcasing the largest movement of mammals on Earth.
David Attenborough introduces his cheetah sequence by stating that 'most predators fail most of the time'. Certainly this was the case as we watched a cheetah mother track down a gazelle in the Masai Mara, hoping to make it food for herself and her four cubs. As a cheetah can only maintain its top speed for a matter of seconds, every chase needs to be planned meticulously in order to be successful.
What we saw on ‘The Hunt’ was one of many unsuccessful pursuits, but nevertheless captivating to watch. While this particular sequence was filmed in the Masai Mara, our specialists have pooled their knowledge and picked the Serengeti as our recommended destination for people going in search of cheetah. With a high density of cheetah prowling the south-eastern plains of this Tanzanian national park, you are as likely if not more so to spot these stunning creatures here than in the Mara.