Friday, September 25, 2015

On safari With Gert 23/24 September 2015

23 September 2015

Setting out early this morning, we were lucky enough to get 3 Spotted Hyena not far from camp. They came running out the bush and we followed them down the road for some time. We then had some wispy cloud cover to dull the effect of the early morning sun and as a result were also lucky enough to find 2 large male Lions about 30m of the road basking in a clearing. We watched as they rolled around, got up a few times to re position and also groomed each other. Eventually the sun came through in earnest and they moved into the shade.‎ 

Later on we also found a large male elephant in musth and feeling quite confrontational, not enjoying all the attention he was getting from some of the vehicles.

One of the highlights of the day was watching a herd of about 300 Buffalo crossing the road‎ ahead of us. It was also a good day for birding, especially raptors as we had sightings of both Marabou and Saddle-billed Storks, Martial Eagle, Wahlberg's Eagle, Tawny Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Bateleur, White-backed Vulture and a Lizard Buzzard. To top it all I am writing this as the first real thunderstorm of the season is about to be unleashed!

 24 September 2015

Today was mostly spent driving along the river and it certainly paid off as it was also a very hot day.

We had 5 different lion sightings, including 2 lionesses and a cub walking in the river bed. We were also lucky enough to encounter a leopard walking along the road, but he quickly went into hiding not to be seen again... some of the highlights of the day included many herds of elephant and a few big bulls close to the road. The most memorable sighting was that of a large male White Rhino sleeping close to the road, which also completed our Big 5 for the day!

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