Monday, March 2, 2015

On Safari With Karen 1 March 2015

1 March 2015
We only had a short afternoon drive as it was our first day in the park, but it was already very eventful. Our first highlight was seeing a cheetah jump down a tree, scentmark it, walk alongside us and cross the road behind us to disappear in the thick grass on the other side. We were so stunned to see this and be just on time, we completely forgot to take pictures! As we had just missed a leopard sighting moments before this was an excellentexample of being lucky to be at the right place at the right time. It would have been some awesome photos, but we'll settle for the memory.
And our second highlight was at the total end of this afternoon. We have already seen multiple herds of elephants, elephants trying to mate (but the male got hased off by another female in the herd), impalas, zebras, hippos, white rhinos, lioness rolling over but sleeping with two little furballs which are probably cubs, a tail of a leopard walking away through the high grass,a juvenile tawny eagle, a European roller, and a herd of buffalos.
When we came across a sighting of two buffalos on their own. We watched them but didn't think much off it when we got a tip about lions on the other side of the rock. The two buffalos must have taken a short-cut because when we got there they were there too. However, they did help us find the lions as when they arrived on the scene, 8 of them scattered around. Two laid low at a considerable distance, but 6 ohers were within meters of the buffalos! When the buffalo mowed its horns at them, they got up and creeped another meter away. But they stayed close!
Unfortunately we were losing daylight and the gates were about to close. So we had to leave the sighting, just to make sure we had a bed for tonight. And with lions that close we thought that would be the better option. But who knows who has won the stand-off... Maybe we'll find out tomorrow.

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