The Puku Antilope is in similar looks, size and appearance to the Impala.
Thicker, or longer hair cover their fur without typical Impala stripes.
This is more obvious with young ones, or new born Puku.
Still oh so cute.
The buck has similar shape antlers and could be easily confused with the Impala from the distance. A favourite pray for predator.
The normally shy and rarely seen Waterbuck seems to flourish in South Luangwa National Park.
Nowhere else did I encounter as many small groups. The fowls are incredibly cute as well, like any youngsters.
A small herd off females and offspring normally roam thick bush land,
whilst the dominant buck is never far off,
keeping an eye out on his harem.
Thornicroft Giraffes appear in smaller groups and are fairly quickly spotted from the distance for obvious reasons.
These giraffes have darker, more distinctive spots, extending all the way down their long legs.
If the ears are hanging down, the giraffe is relaxed.
Kudus are generally referred to as the ‘Grey ghost off the bush’.
For that reason, they are hard to spot from a distance and most times hiding behind bushes. Taking a photo of kudus is extremely difficult.
Never the less, a graceful Antilope with staggering antlers.
Warthogs are plentiful on these even plains, mostly near lagoons. Muddy environment makes it easier to dig up the earth for some tasty treats.
Not often do they wait for you to get the camera ready.
By that time they’re running for cover with their tail in the air.
and vervet monkeys thrive in South Luangwa National Park.
I saw large groups scavenging the open plains.
Some just dug up some treats from the shallow waters,
and run off before someone else would take them off.
The young ones, full of mischievous antics, are always fun to watch.
Never far from a family member,
they just couldn’t help themselves for some Monkey business.
Birdlife is prolific in South Luangwa National Park. The amount of birds explodes with the rainy season which is when migrating birds makes the most of the swampy lagoons. The cry of the fish eagle is heard from afar.
The Saddle Stork is often seen scavenging the edge of the water.