Beauty and the beasts

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Red lechwe in the Okavango Delta; PIc: Dana Allen

‘A crash of rhino, a dazzle of zebra, a journey of giraffes and a raft of hippos’ are just some of the evocative creatures and names you’ll see and hear if you visit Botswana

I’m not certain, but it sounds like someone’s phone is ringing. In the middle of the wilderness. In the middle of the African night. In the middle of nowhere. Next up a bleeping alarm chimes in, followed by a manic set of wind chimes. It seems like I am sleeping in the midst of a percussion section tuning up, until I listen closely and realise the sounds are all natural. No phones, no alarms, no instruments. The startling concerto outside my door is the sound of my nocturnal neighbours filling the air with their dazzling harmonies. A chorus of hippos, frogs, cicadas, birds and bats beat out their techno rhythms while a lone firefly pulses in luminous harmony.

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