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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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