"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 31, 2018 by Sioux under General
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Our last morning in the reserve, we headed out very early to make the most of the day. Driving past the watering hole where we had seen the hyena the previous evening, we spotted a lion pride. The watering hole wasn’t very far off from the kill site and their stomachs were all rotund, so we assumed it was the same pride that had had the kill the day before. Bellies now heavy with the spoils of the previous day’s kill, they were relaxing in the cool of the early morning, in no hurry to go anywhere further than the nearest patch of shade. Being in the reserve early has its advantages and there were few cars around when we got there; however words travels fast by bush telegraph and it wasn’t long before we were totally blocked in. It took a lot of backing-and-forthing to get out once we had our photos and to make room for other vehicles.  

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We drove around for a while;

then headed back to the camp,

packed the car and went up 

for breakfast. 

Heading back out again at 11am, the heat in the car was stifling, the aircon working hard to keep the car cool inside. Taking a road we had not yet travelled on this weekend proved to be a good choice as we found a dam where three tuskers were having a swim and some fun. The viewing area was obscured by trees but Paul manoeuvred the car until we had a fairly good view. Again, due to lack of space, once we wanted to leave, we had to jostle with a few other vehicles to get out, and only one at a time across the embankment bridge as it was very narrow.  

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In trying to catch insects, this little swallow had dipped just a touch to close to the water and landed up getting soaked!

Not the best images but amazing to watch the struggle for life. The bird eventually reached dry land and flopped exhausted onto the sand.

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By 1pm the temperature was well into the upper 30’s; so we decided to call it a day. Heading towards the gate we got one last treat – a leopard sitting up high in a tree, surveying the world. It was far away so we took what photos we could and headed out.

 

I flaked out for most of the outbound journey and only woke up when we were almost home!

 

A wonderfully relaxing weekend! 

 

One response to “Home again #9 – part 3 – time to say goodbye.”

  1. Cheyrl Wilkinson says:

    Stunning Pics S, wow you seem to be at the right place at the right time all the time!

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