After so many years, it seems difficult to actually make a report, so many details having disappeared from my memory since. So, it will mainly be pictures (scans of slides) with a few comments.
Let’s start with pictures taken in September 2001.
I do not remember how many they were, on and alongside the road but let us say something between twenty five and thirty.
In those days, Savute was an extremely dry area. The marsh was no more, and not yet again, a marsh. As at Hwange, drilling had been carried out but most of the pumps were down and maintenance services were not very efficient. As a result, some camps had carried out their own drilling in front of their facilities. In a sense, they had few other alternatives to prevent lions but mainly elephants from coming daily to drink the pool water. That was the case with Savuti Safari Lodge, where I was. A pride of lions had settled on the outskirts of the lodge. We could hear them roaring every night. At any time, returning to or leaving a room was like playing hide-and-seek with them.
They were not the only ones looking for the few water sources, the birds also like this Meyer’s parrot.