Friday, January 30, 2015

On Safari with Robbie: 29 January 2015

29 January 2015

This morning was rather quiet but thoroughly enjoyable as we added nyala, bushbuck, wildebeest, waterbuck and baboons to our mammals list whilst our birding list topped 50!

The nyala was most impressive as there was 5 bulls together close to the road. We observed the baboon troop for 45 minutes as they gathered fruits off the sycamore fig tree and played their various games.

What made this afternoon drive so amazing was the patience of my guests! It took us an hour and a half to find our first sighting which was a lone elephant bull. From then on it was pure magic. We got 5 species of kingfishers including the pygmy which is a rarity in itself!

A troop of vervet monkeys were over indulging on a feast of marula fruit which was hilarious to watch.  Buffalo, giraffe and zebras were suddenly everywhere and a rhino pair popped out of nowhere.

The cheetah cat which we were looking for all day was found in Spectacular fashion dragging its fresh impala kill to the safety of the thick bush!

The best was yet to come with an African rock python the length of the road sunning itself no worries style, suddenly when another vehicle arrived it changed direction in mid air then disappeared into a nearby acacia tree. Not often are these large snakes seen never mind at full speed! What an incredible day!!

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