Thursday, 19 May 2011

18th May: Welcome Back Chad!

Pic of the Day.
Morning Drive.

( Herald & Grant.)

Leopard ( Kuhanya) / Motswari – Motswari Airstrip.
Lion ( Skittish Pride) / Peru – Russet Rd.

Afternoon Drive.

( Herald, Grant & Chad.)

Elephant ( Breeding Herd) / Motswari – Motswari Wedge.
Elephant ( Breeding Herd) / Motswari – Motswari Wedge.
Elephant ( Kambaku) / Peru – Xinzele Rd.
Elephant ( Kambaku) / Peru – Russet Rd.
Buffalo ( Breeding Herd) / Motswari – Motswari Wedge.
Buffalo ( Breeding Herd) / Motswari – Motswari Wedge.

Daily Synopsis.

Waking to a light rain and lightening and thunder that promised more to come, one would have not been incorrect in thinking it was a summers morning. While enjoying coffee the rain started to come down harder but hope lay on the horizon with the sky starting to lighten and patches of blue becoming visible. Letting it finish we headed out only thirty minutes late into the freshly washed African Bush.

The raining having stopped the animals still took some time to surface and our morning was a very quite one. The only ones that seemed to be out were the Zebra and in numbers, both Herald and I found a number of herds scattered through out the reserve some associating with a couple of Wildebeest.

Herald had headed to the South looking to follow up on our skittish Lions, but arriving at the Buffalo kill, all that was left was skin and bones that hyena's of the Rockfig clan were fighting over. Undetered they found tracks to the West that they followed up and eventually found the pride once more, unfortunately they were back to there usual selves and would move off at every turn. Not wanting to pressure them Herald let them be and headed off himself.

We remained up in the North looking for nothing specific, just taking in whatever came our way. We did check if we could find any signs for the Sohobele's but the seven ml's of rain made it somewhat challenging and we came up empty handed. Sticking around the North there was always the chance of running into Leopard and late in the morning while watching more Zebra on the Motswari Airstrip, Herald approached us a little eagerly and I thought he was going to chase off my relaxed Zebra. Shortly before reaching us, he turned into the bush and headed for a Marula Tree alongside the road. Looking in it's direction there sat a Leopard up in its branches, hello Kuhanya!

So as quiet as the morning was, the animals must have sensed Chad's imminent arrival, it was all forgotten while watching a beautiful Leopard surveying her territory from the vantage point of a large Marula Tree..

With Chad back on drive this afternoon who knows what lies in store for us.

As much as we joke with Chad and give him a hard time about the animals disappearing when he is on drive, I certainly don't believe it, even after one of our quietest afternoons in a long time. The fact that Chad was on drive was merely a coincidence and bad timing on his part. After the game viewing we have had over the last week we are due many a quiet drive, after all, we need to repay the taxes.

If anything Chad had himself the busiest afternoon of all on drive, this after he went out late and did not venture much further than Motswari itself. In his half a drive he had two different herds of Buffalo and two different herds of Elephant, not a bad start for his guests.

Myself and Herald were in search of cats but they eluded us this afternoon and so did everything else, so our drives became a feathered affair, which never seem to disappoint.

I'll be handing over the Blogging reigns in to the very capable hands of Chad for the next couple of weeks. Chad, we expect big things! To all the followers, thanks for the support and comments of the weeks gone by. Its been a very fun ride!

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