13 July 2015
The day started cold and rather quiet, but after breakfast our sightings started picking up. We came across a pride of lions warming themselves on the rocks. And it was an entire family. We saw five females, one male and four cubs that were 2-3 months old! The cubs were adorable, especially two that greeted the male lion (who ignored them pretty much) and then tried to climb on top of the rock to two of the females. However they were too small. But it was sooooo cute to see them try with their stubby little legs. Ultimately they gave up and went to lie with their uncle instead. The two cubs on the rocks were obviously smart enough to have followed their mother who had walked up the rock from the other side.
We also saw a large herd of elephants, as if it came straight from Jungle Book (the elephant patrol). First they were all playing down in the river, drinking their fill. Soon we lost sight but could still here the sloshing if elephants walking through water and throwing it over themselves. But then they came up the bank through the bushes. And in perfect single file they crossed the road. We even got a trumpet sound out of one of then when already in the bush (and of course we wondered if one had stopped and others had walked into her). Only downside is that the rest of the day we couldn't get that song out of our heads... Tarra ra tata tatahhh, tarra ra ta ta ta tah....
Other interesting sightings: many warthogs, vervet monkeys, hippos in and out of the water, crocodiles sunning themselves on the shore, kudus including pretty bulls, bushbucks, impalas, giraffes, zebras, steenboks, white rhinos, a herd of buffalo coming down to river to drink and leaving in a cloud if dust and a cute little tree squirrel.
And new birds of today: forktailed drongos, lilac breasted rollers, grey louries, red-billed hornbills, the rare and endangered ground hornbills, hooded as well as white-backed vultures, marabou storks, twice an endangered sadle-billed stork, yellow-billed storks, blacksmith lapwings, african jacanas, bateleur, chinspot batisses and a fish eagle catching his breakfast.