Monday, January 11, 2016

On Safari With Curtis From 8 January 2016

8 January 2016

The start of a new safari and we were joined by Caroline, Nadine, Sarah and Wiebke, all from Germany.

We went for a short afternoon drive before going to the rest camp and enjoyed first sightings of Impala, kudu, waterbuck, cape buffalo, a troop of baboons which included possibly the most chilled baboon ever as he lay with his back on the branch and his head and legs hanging down.

We also saw our first bull elephant busy eating his afternoon snack, unfortunately he wasn't in the mood for company as he turned his back to us virtually straight away.

9 January 2016

We set off early this morning and had plenty of great game including zebra, giraffe, warthogs, kudu, waterbuck, hippo, white rhino and a black backed jackal.

We also enjoyed six separate hyena sighting the best being at a den where the adults were busy sleeping. But the youngsters had better things to do as they were playing a game of chase with each other. About six of them, ranging in size and age were having a bit of rough and tumble with lots of play fighting and maybe a small bit of bullying going on.

Later we found a lovely herd of elephants at a drinking hole, they crossed the road and found a very appealing mud hole. The little ones certainly found it appealing as they literally ran to the mud and fell down in it.

While at the mud wallow we noticed a white rhino relaxing in the shade of a Marula tree and then a small herd of buffalo turned up to take a drink.

Also at breakfast we were entertained by baboon and Impala!!!

In the afternoon it was a pretty quiet affair until we found a leopard laying flat on the rocks. Not much movement going on but we decided to hang around and see what happened.

It took about thirty minutes but she eventually sat up for a couple of minutes before having a big yawn and lying back down.

But it was worth wait to get some lovely photos!!!

10 January 2016

Our final morning and as we woke the gentle splash of rain began, luckily not too heavy.

We set off early in the search for some lions but no luck this morning. We did however find another leopard high up in a tree. We watched for a while as it first lay, then sat up before it started to climb higher. Then it started to descend the tree, unfortunately for this leopard it stepped onto a branch which then snapped propelling the cat to a six foot fall!! It got up, seemingly unhurt, but I imagine with a rather bruised ego!!!

We then spotted a majestic sable bull antelope which crossed over the road in front of us. Not a long sighting but nevertheless great to get a clear sighting.

We also had final sightings of white rhino,  buffalo,  elephant, kudu, waterbuck, warthog, giraffe, zebra, hyena, Impala and a family of dwarf mongoose.

Then goodbyes as we said farewell to everyone. Been great meeting you, hope to see you again sometime!!!

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