Monday, June 8, 2015

On Safari With Curtis 5- 6 June 2015

5 June 2015

We woke to a very chilly and bluster morning which contributed to a quieter day than yesterday. But we still managed to get some very nice sightings.

Our first highlight of the day was hyena. Just as we had passed the known hyena den and with me thinking that we weren't in luck out popped a youngish cub about fifty meters in front of us. As it headed towards us I switched the engine off and we sat and waited to see how close it would come. The answer to that question was very close as it walked within five meters of our bumper before moving onto the side of the road and passing by us. We were then treated with two more hyenas doing exactly the same.

Our second highlight was elephant,  a lone bull elephant which caught as by surprise as we turned a corner and found him standing slap bang in the middle of the road.

He slowly moved towards us and after taking a look at us moved to the side and walked past the vehicle. A very nice sighting indeed!!!

Also seen today kudu, waterbuck, warthog, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, white rhino, leopard, hippo, crocodile, vervet monkeys and baboons.

Birds included the white backed vultures, goliath heron, grey go-away bird, grey headed hornbills and the southern ground hornbills.

6 June 2015

This morning was the final day of this particular tour and we had one final short drive before leaving the park.

Unfortunately our final drive was a quiet affair with very few sightings however we were treated to one more excellent elephant sighting.

We found a small group of bull elephants close to the road and we just sat and enjoyed being around these incredible animals.

They had pushed over a medium sized tree and were busy having a woody meal. We turned our engine off and with no other cars around we could enjoy the incredible noise as their giant teeth crunched the wood to smithereens

Then it was time to say goodbye to Gary, Annette, Brian and Andrew.

It has been a great pleasure being on tour with you, wrap up warm back in Cape Town and hope to see you back in South Africa again. If not I will definitely see you in Jamaica one day!!!



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