"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Sioux under General
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As it happened we were up well before most of the other campers, including those doing the sunrise drive! By 5.30am the sun was already up and we watched as the hot air balloons drifting gracefully up into the clear skies. The temperature was climbing too! It was 26 degrees at 7am – we were in for a warm day!

We don’t often seen jackal in the wild but it seemed like this weekend had a few treats in store for us!  

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A 6am stop at a watering hole treated us to the sight of a lion pride trying to take down a rhino calf, but they landed up being chased off by the baby itself and then went into hiding when the rest of the family arrived! The action was well away in the distance but I managed to get reasonable photos and enjoy the spectacle with binoculars! 

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We found the pride, but they were hidden in the shrubbery, hunger sated and resting.  

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Once the show was over, we relaxed watching the birds and then headed back to where we had heard there was a lion kill.

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Generally, where there are a lot of stationary vehicles in a game reserve, it means only one thing – something is happening. We bolted up the hill where we had seen some cars, and on asking, were told there were 3 cheetah in the bush alongside the road, possibly heading for a nearby dam. We sat listening and watching until we heard the distinctive ‘yip yip’ call of a cheetah and drove slowly until we thought we were level with them. Suddenly there they were, strolling out of the bush right in front of us! What a treat. Only 2 though; the third was still in the bush. Coasting slowly down the hill behind them, we followed them until they disappeared back into the bush; and we headed for the dam we thought they were going to. It took us a few minutes, however the cheetah took a lot longer and by the time they did arrive, we had long gone. 

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Stopping at a bird hide, I heard a young girl behind me yell “My sandal!” and turned in time to see a pink shoe floating into the dam. Poor kid sobbed “That was my favourite shoe!” There were many funny comments passed inside the hide about the strange pink duck on the water. I watched a Southern Masked Weaver feverishly building a nest while wifey looked on and wondered if she would be happy with the final result or would she tear it apart?

We drove around for a few hours until the heat proved too much even with the aircon on; then headed back to camp for breakfast, which was supplied at the main camp restaurant. A hopeful looking visitor with a ‘I’m starving hungry’ look in its eyes hung about while we were eating, and luckily there were some ‘bits’ that accidentally fell off my plate!

 

We relaxed at the camp until later in the day, then headed out again once the

temperature had cooled down. 

 

The day was turning out to be a day for many treats – we hadn’t ever seen

brown hyena in the wild and spotted one lurking around a watering hole.

With no other cars around, we had prime viewing! The animal was 

nervous though, and didn’t hang around for very long.

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Treated to a stunning sunset as only Africa can offer, we drove slowly back to the camp, reflecting on a successful day out; and hoping there would be a leopard in our sights on the morrow!

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Dinner on the second night was under the stars, literally. The dinner table had been set up outside as it was a perfect African evening.

 

Not even a slight breeze in the air, all we could hear were the night sounds of the African bush – absolute soul food!

 

Another excellent dinner was served; and again the post-dinner red wine and liqueurs came out from their hiding places. A jolly time and a late night was had by all!

 

2 responses to “Home again #9 – part 2 – just another day in Africa.”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Wow fantastic experience for you!
    Stunning pics Tx

  2. Pauline Smith says:

    Love the cheetah.
    In actual fact, all your photos are lovely

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