Wednesday, January 13, 2016

On Safari With Gert 12 January 2016

12 January 2016

This afternoon we entered the park with a group of 9 students from The USA, staying for one night only. On the way to camp for check-in we saw a small herd of Plains Zebra, as well as our first herd of Impala for the day. There were many lambs with the Impala herd, most of them lying down together in a shady spot, supervised by some of the adult females.

After a quick lunch break and checking in to our accommodation, we continued our drive, heading out to a nearby waterhole. This proved to be the right place to be for some afternoon action, as first we saw an African Fish Eagle catching a fish, followed shortly by a crocodile catching a fish. Then, as we were about to leave, one of the guests spotted some elephants leisurely feeding on the far side of the waterhole. We watched for a while and realized that it was a small breeding herd and they were on their way to the water. We sat and watched as they came down for a drink, a little nervous as there was a very young baby, which I estimated less than 2 months old, in their midst. After drinking, they walked around to another spot where they had a mud bath and played around in the water for a short while.

Shortly after we found 2 magnificent Sable Antelope Bulls and also some Giraffe crossing the road in front of our vehicle and browsing on the side of the road.

At one point, upon rounding a bend there was a Elephant bull in full musth in the road. He crossed the road, but as soon as we stopped to watch him he decided that he was not at all happy with our presence and gave a bit of a warning charge to get the message across and the adrenaline pumping!

Our last sighting of the day was of a large bull White Rhino grazing past our vehicle and crossing the road behind us bringing and end to an action-packed afternoon.

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