Tuesday, November 10, 2015

On Safari With Karen 9 November 2015

9 November 2015

On our last morning we had just a couple of hours before we had to head to the airport as the guests were heading out to Cape Town.

On this occasion though, it was short but sweet. Our first highlight was shortly after we left as we encountered this zebra with an itch. It was rubbing its chin on a branch and seemed quite content to get rid of the itch. But once you start scratching everything else starts itching. So after the chin it was the side of the head, the neck, the front legs, the flank and in the end it was the bum. Well, that made us giggle!

Then on route we noticed a couple of cars and upon getting closer we saw them watching a cheetah. It had just killed a kudu, quite a large one actually. And it was now engorging on its spoils. Occasionally looking up to see if danger was lurking nearby he ate his fill. After a while it turned out he was full and he lay aside catching its breath. Still bloody in the face it made some good pictures. 

Unfortunately it was then time to leave him alone as a plane was calling. At the airport I said goodbye to Tavi and Rebecca. I hope they will enjoy Cape Town as much as the safari! Thank you for joining us!!

No rest for the guide as after dropping off Tavi and Rebecca and a carwash, we picked up new guests. Barry, Adam and Malia joined me for another safari and upon arrival at the park we went straight on a game drive. Within 10 meters of entering the park we saw our fist animal of this safari: waterbucks. They were joined at a short distance by impalas and zebras, so it was a very good start!

Our highlight was seeing a giraffe, favorite of one of the guests. To top it off, he decided to do a good pose for us in the middle of the road. It looked like he had done a modeling course as he went to the middle of the "catwalk", put one foot forward, hips a little skew and then look sideways at the camera! The perfect pose! Then he continued crossing and posed again in the sunlight as a model and as a statue sideways. Plenty of pictures of this regal animal!

Other interesting sightings: hyena mother licking her cub, elephant bulls, plenty impalas, waterbucks, kudus, a warthog, zebras crossing, a blue wildebeest, klipspringer, a hippo and two sable bulls.

Birds included helmeted guineafowl, tawny eagle, cape turtle dove, three banded plover and crested francolin. 

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