18 October 2015
Entering the park late in the afternoon with our 2 new arrivals our drive started off with a couple of herds of impala as well as Waterbuck. Not long though, and we encountered our first elephant for the day; a young bull in full musth. As he immediately reacted to our arrival by a slight change in direction, walking straight towards our vehicle, I decided to give him ample space and he crossed the road and continued on his mission, seemingly on the trail of a breeding herd and sure enough, maybe 2 km further on was a breeding herd of about 25 females and their young, one of which was only a few weeks old. They crossed the road in a huddle with the youngster very well hidden in their midst. Thereafter followed another breeding herd and a few more bulls, one of them an old tusker with one large tusk remaining, the other seemingly lost completely.
After the several elephant roadblocks, we had to move on a bit and shortly before closing time 4 Wild dogs came running out of the long grass onto the road and after running along in front of our vehicle for a few hundred meters, they crossed and we watched until we could not see them any longer.
A great first few hours on Safari that sets the tone for what's to come!