Below is a list of absolutely astonishing wildlife sightings that top field guides have made over the course of their careers.
"What's the best thing you've seen on safari?", probably ranks as one of the questions that field guides get asked the most by guests traveling with them.
And it's a question I also ask each Top Safari Guide when they complete their profile to introduce themselves to visitors on this website.
Curiously enough, for many of them it's not so easy to answer because they get to see so many amazing things after spending many of their waking hours in the African bush.
But some animal encounters are just so astounding that they stick in the mind of even the most seasoned guides. So these are some of the best wildlife sightings made by the guides themselves, in their own words, and they are breathtaking...
1. Lion Lies Down With The Lamb
I had a fascinating experience over a period of time in Samburu in the Northern Territory of Kenya. There was a lioness that adopted a baby oryx.
One of my best wildlife sightings was when I witnessed two lioness killing a nyala bull and when the rest of the pride arrived on the scene to join in on the feast, a herd of elephant came around to see what all the commotion was about.
I had gone out with two friends one afternoon when we were free. We picked up lions tracks and decided to follow them on foot. We had noted according to the tracks that the lioness had some cubs, but the tracks led into a bush and disappeared.
The best wildlife sighting I ever experienced was with a family of elephants. I was working in Mabalingwe at the time, and one afternoon, we were driving one of many long and straight roads in the reserve.