The EcoQuest course is not all about dashing in a vehicle from one Big 5 sighting to the next. It is about becoming intimate with the ecosystems and the biodiversity of the area around the Karongwe camp.
On a walk it is all about the little things. Like taking a moment to marvel at dew caught on a spider web. Looking like diamonds on a tiara, it is almost impossible not to be in awe of what nature can produce.
A place for quiet meditation before the walk begins? This group of boulders just outside of the camp perimeter was where the EcoQuest group met before heading off on an afternoon walk.
This was almost passed by. It is the egg sack (Ootheca) of a praying Mantis. Soft and foamy when formed, it becomes hard and dry in order to protect the eggs until they hatch. Hatching can occur between 3 -10 weeks.
Stunning… This is a male African-veined White. The reserve and area around the camp is alive with many different species of butterfly. Beauty personified!
The word “weed” conjures up such a negative connotation. However, they often they have attractive flowers in order to attract insects that will help to pollinate and propagate the species.
Even grasses weighed down by water droplets become a talking point. Each species serves a different purpose within the environment.
The EcoQuest group were able to marvel at the stunning sunset from the river bed. Hence the grass along the banks seems to loom large in the photographs.
Whether experiencing big game on foot or enjoying the more intricate details of the bush, a walking safari or bush walk is an amazing way to get back to basics and enjoy all that nature has to offer. It’s time to use your senses, listen, smell and touch and just be one with the environment around you.