Exploring Kazuma Pan National Park
Black smudges of black shapes. Brilliant black coats, a white proud blaze ever so slightly standing out from the burnt black woodland. It is fire season and the antelope is Sable. A group of around 7, 8, and 9 females was sitting under the shade. A bull was standing sentry a short way apart, the gatekeeper to Kazuma Pan.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before, it’s like something out of a book!” Casey gasped as we drove away from the Sable, sentinel and unmoving from the precious shade, away from the last groves of Mopane and into the depression. As Alec, Kazuma’s Senior Ranger had promised us at the park’s reception, “it's not that big but I can assure you, it’s very rich.” It is. Very, very rich. Scan the flat, shimmering horizon and you’ll watch the sloping tsessebe, Africa’s fastest antelopes, herds of zebra in numbers unlike I’ve seen elsewhere - 40, 50, 60? - oribi, endemic to the Kazuma Depression, roan, giraffe, gemsbok, reedbuck, and eland