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SLOW S3

All too often we’re impatient to head straight out on safari, eager not to miss any action. But rather than going looking for wildlife, perhaps we should sit tight and let it come to us? Spending time at a waterhole may reveal many more of nature’s secrets than we’ll see from a vehicle, and we might tune in to our natural environment much quicker. Doing this early in your visit will relax you into your holiday and enrich the days that follow. On a recent visit to Mana Pools National Park, Mana Meadows forewent a game drive to sit at Kanga Pan for the morning. Here’s what she saw.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY MANA MEADOWS

5:26 Where the sun will soon emerge, the sky is a pink wash. Across the pan a small flock of Egyptian geese leave their roost and begin their noisy journey to the Zambezi, a few kilometres away. Why do they sleep here? Lions have been calling all night; we’re careful to scan with the torch in case they are drinking.

5:30 Three blackwinged stilts stand hunched in the shallows. Two have jet black wings, the third pale brown – a female or a juvenile? The melodious song of whitebrowed robin chats burble out from the undergrowth beyond a combretum thicket, flashes of rust and white amongst the olive as they hunt insects.

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