Monday, February 22, 2016

On Safari With Gert 19 February 2016

19 February 2016

After loading luggage and an early breakfast, we set off on a short morning drive.

There was a fair amount off rain overnight and still a bit of drizzle around for the majority of the morning. This meant that the bush was all fresh and revitalized and most of the animals we encountered were quite playful and energetic, especially the young Impala lambs chasing each other around.

With the rain there was a few puddles around and we found a few Leopard Tortoises, coming on to the road verges for some fresh water. It was also a good morning for Elephant sightings and we found a few Bulls at regular intervals, including 2 having a quick sparring session in the road right in front of our vehicle!

At one of the newly filled natural waterholes, we also found 3 large Buffalo bulls lounging on the edge of the water.

The highlight of the morning was at one of the larger waterholes where there was a large breeding herd of Elephant, including 2 very young calves, drinking and playing around on the edge of the water. There was also a very large Waterbuck bull and a few cows with very young calves, a few hippopotamuses and a crocodile in the water, as well as a pair of African Fish Eagle surveying the scene.

A short but sweet Safari during which we had a good variety of sightings, although we were slightly short of luck when it came to the large predators this time around.


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