A lion in the Kideop Valley National Park. Unlike anyplace I’ve ever been on safari, I was literally the only one there, and there were no established roads or routes. I was this close to the lion. No telephoto lens necessary. Kidepo Valley.

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Inside Kidepo Valley National Park, a 557 square mile park in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. The northwestern boundary of the park runs along the international frontier with South Sudan.

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A giraffe I photographed while on foot, walking around the Kidepo Valley.

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Kidepo Valley, Uganda.

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Inside the Kidepo Valley National Park.

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Vultures descend on the remains of a water buffalo carcass a pride of lions had killed four days earlier and been feasting on non stop since. The vultures had waited patiently in a tree nearby the entire four days and the second the last lion left they swooped in and devoured the carcass within minutes.

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Salt lick watering hole at Mahogany Springs where I stayed while I was in the Kidepo Valley. The dining area faced the salt lick so I spent meals watching the most amazing display of animals come and go.

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Afternoon storm rolling in inside the Kidepo National Park.

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A lion inside the Kidepo Valley National Park. No telephoto lens needed. I was always this close. Uganda.

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Young lion protects his water buffalo kill in Kidepo Valley National Park.

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A baby water buffalo and his herd. They are the cutest best animals. When scared, they freeze and stare at you instead of run or act bold. It’s so
counterproductive – it was adorable dumb. Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda.

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Waterbuck Henry, at Mahogany Springs, where I stayed for a week in the Kidepo Valley. The staff told me it was highly unusual for a male waterbuck to stray from his family and be solo, and yet, he followed me like a dog all week. On my last day, he brought his family to meet me. It was crazy.

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Waterbuck Henry and his wife and child came to wish me goodbye on my last day. It was an amazing moment. (See blog.)

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Camouflaged in the Kidepo Valley National Park.

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Morning inside the Kidepo National Park.

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Male water buffalo and friends. When male water buffalos grow old, they are cast out of their herds and forced to live apart, alone, so you see thousands of solo male water buffalo all over Kidepo. Sometimes the castoffs stick together in small groups. It broke my heart.

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Young male lions in Kidepo Valley National Park.

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Vultures wait (im)patiently for a pack of lions to tire of a water buffalo kill they made four days earlier. Minutes after taking this photo, the last lion, exhausted and thirsty from days of feeding, stood and walked away and the tree emptied in a split second when the vultures may a beeline for the carcass.

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