25 May 2015
We had a quiet start to the day but as very often happens the quietness is broken with a great sighting. And this mornings quietness was broken with the appearance of three lionesses who walked straight in front of the vehicle and across the road.
However this wasn't our best lion sighting of the day, this was a water hole where we counted, eventually, eleven lions. At the look of it most were lionesses with a couple of juvenile males. Now the start of the sighting was fairly uneventful as they were all lying down in the shade but then a small family of elephants turned up and altered the balance.
The elephants weren't really interested in the lions but they were enough to arouse the attention of the cats. Although the distance between the two species was okay the cats felt it was too close and one by one they got up and moved away from the elephants and into another shady place. Then a large bull giraffe turned up and headed down to the waterhole only to be stopped in its tracks. By the lions or the elephants we will never know!!!!
Our second highlight was an elephant who we found stood in a big big mud bath. He was happy splashing himself head to toe with some rather foul smelling mud.
After a while he was completely covered and walked to a nearby tree to have a good scratch. First trunk, then head, then sides before scratching his bum. Unfortunately the tree he had chosen was not the most appropriate one as on several times it creaked under the weight of a six tonner.
Other animals seen today kudu, waterbuck, zebra, warthog, impala, klipspringer, steenbok, hippo, vervet monkeys at break time, a couple of huge crocodiles, dwarf mongoose, tree squirrel, buffalo and white rhino.
Birds included the African fish eagle, yellow-billed stork, wooly-necked stork, a bataleur eating a snake, blacksmith lapwings, grey heron and white backed vultures.