Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On Safari With Curtis 13 April 2015

13 April 2015

After the success of yesterday we set out this morning with a list of just two animals that the guests were eager to see. Lions and giraffe!!!

We got both, the lions were a distance away in the shade of a river bank but it was still a pride of five.

What made this sighting so much more interesting was the arrival of a troupe of baboons who started to cross the dry river bed. It wasn't long before one of the baboons saw the lions and then all hell broke.

Big dominant males started to alarm call setting off the rest of the troop. The youngsters and females all climbed trees while a couple of males sat and watched.

After things calmed down a bit a large male baboon tried to kidnap a young baby from its mum. Mum was not happy to say the least and proceeded to screech and call at the top of her voice setting a five minute spell of chaos as other baboons started to screech and fight all around us. Some of the noises were pretty intense and incredible before it calmed down.

Back to the lions who didn't flinch an inch and carried on sleeping throughout all the drama as only cats can!!!

Our second highlight was the dozens of giraffe sightings we had. Yesterday we saw one head far in the distance. Today we saw about thirty, big and small, young and old, all close to the car.

With the two last animals scrubbed off our list we just relaxed and enjoyed the drive spotting lots more animals.

Also seen today spotted hyena, dwarf mongoose, tree squirrel, impala, zebra, kudu, steenbok, waterbuck, warthog, wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, rhino, vervets, hippo, crocodile, marsh terrapins, leopard tortoise and common duiker.

Just a few of the birds seen today included goliath heron,  brown snake eagle, bataleurs, red-billed oxpeckers,  marabou storks, hamerkops, helmeted guinea fowl and grey herons.

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