Friday, November 6, 2015

On safari With Gert 5 November 2015

5 November 2015

Loading up early this morning, we set off to our next destination. We heard that lions had killed a buffalo late yesterday and headed for the site.

Upon arrival we found 2 lionesses and 3 males of different ages still feeding on the buffalo. Our view was slightly obscured by a fallen over tree, but the sound of snarling lions and crunching bone more than made up for that!

Not much further, on a riverbank, we found a leopard lounging in a large Jackalberry tree. Living up to it's reputation for camouflage it was near impossible to see in the shade under the dense canopy until we knew where it was. A herd of Impala was grazing in close proximity and at one stage the leopard looked quite interested in them, but they spotted it and sounded the alarm, moving off briskly...

We stopped off at a bird hide before lunch where we saw Green-backed Heron, Squacco Heron, Grey Heron, Pied Kingfisher and African Fish-Eagle, all hunting!

After lunch, check-in and a short break we went for and afternoon drive mostly spent with lions. We found 2 large males doing what they do best, fast asleep about 5 meters off the road. We left them alone for a while to have a look at a nearby waterhole. Here we found a further adult male and 2 females! They were lying I'm the afternoon sun and after a while got up for their evening stroll. We returned to the first 2 males who were still fast asleep. They lazily raised their heads once or twice,  but we eventually had to head back to camp and left them, still sprawled in the grass!

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