Driving back to camp one evening after spending days with the lions prides of Duba Plains I had quite a big water crossing in the Okavango swamp to get through. This deep crossing has the vehicle almost completely submerged with the headlights of the vehicle under water for most of the crossing. When the headlights go under water it does become quite dark and you find yourself without light until you hit a slight sand bank and the vehicles lights pop up above the water again.
This was the scene that greeted me on this evening when half way across the water channel the vehicles lights suddenly lit the scene in front of me and I could see this male lion standing on a small sandbank in the crossing.
I switched the vehicle off and managed to get a few shots in the headlights of the vehicle before this male proceeded to cross the channel
It was one of those perfect evenings when the big male swam right past my vehicle with in arms reach.
I could almost smell his breath when he passed… perfect!

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