Thursday, October 13, 2016

On Safari With Gert 12 October 2016

12 October 2016

After an early breakfast we headed out for our morning drive. It was fairly cool, with hazy and breezy conditions leading to some early cloud build-up.

It turned out to be a good morning for the herbivores as we found several herds of Zebra, Buffalo and a few Giraffe throughout the course of the morning.

We encountered a fairly large Elephant breeding herd early on and some of the young bulls were particularly playful! One of them definitely had a point to prove, as first he was trunk-tussling with another young male of roughly the same age. After a while of playfully pushing and shoving each other around, the instigator decided to move his attentions to an older, larger male, poking him with his tusks to aggravate the larger bull. The older one quickly got his point across as he just pushed the youngster back about 10 yards in reverse, before turning his attentions back to the tree he was feeding on before being so rudely interrupted!

It was also a surprisingly good morning for White Rhino sightings, as they don't really enjoy cool and windy conditions! We found several, including one group of 6 grazing on an open plain, as well as 2 young males right next to the roadside and a more distant sighting of a mother and calf combination.

The sun eventually came through in earnest, just in time for our guests to enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool before the late afternoon Sundowner drive!

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