Sunday, 15 April 2012

14th April: Close To Home.

Pic Of The Day.

Morning Drive.

( Andrea, Godfrey, Marka & Shadrack.)

Elephant ( Kambaku's) / Motswari – Elephant Room Waterhole.
Elephant ( Kambaku's) / DeLuca – Mpela – Mpela Pan.
Buffalo ( Breeding Herd) / Deluca – Drongo Drive.

Afternoon Drive.

( Shadrack.)

Leopard ( Male) / JayDee – Ndlophu Rd.
Leopard ( Male) / JayDee – Civet Rd.
Rhino ( 2 x Males)
Elephant ( Kambaku) / Vielmieter - 1st Tsharalumi Crossing.

Daily Synopsis.

With all the drives needing to be back for early check outs the majority of them stayed in and around camp. This was not a bad thing as it proved that there is just as much out there as anywhere else if you take the time to look. It did not take long for Marka to pick up on Buffalo tracks that Godfrey had told him were heading in his direction and even a shorter time once on the tracks to actually find the Buffalo. With the sighting pulling in all the guys and gal it was not long before another sighting was established, which often happens as you pull more eyes into a particular area. This time it was a Bull Elephant Herd that were feeding and drinking from a water pan next to one of the lodges chalets, appropriately named, Elephant.

While sitting with the Buffalo they noticed that they were not that relaxed and at one stage a group of them came running across the road unsettling the herd from their rest and they once again became mobile. On closer inspection the guys found tracks for what looks like three large Males and one female, possibly the Maghlatini Males and a Timbavati Female. Not needing anything more the gang got busy tracking them as the tracks took them further to the South East. Not being the easiest area to track in things took a bit longer than normal and unfortunately with the early check outs it did not offer them enough time to locate their quarry. They do believe they were not far from finding them and with things heating up considerably they don't think they will move on to far. A challenge for Shadrack and his guests this afternoon, should be good fun.

Shadrack's afternoon sounded like a good one despite not being able to catch up with the Lions. He did however manage to find two large male Leopards in close proximity of one another. The one was very full bellied and this no doubt attracted the other one into the area, ever the opportunist. They were not that relaxed but given their space they did manage to have a good viewing of the two of them. It appeared to a boys afternoon as they also managed to find our two relaxed male Rhino's as well as a large Bull Elephant to wrap up an eventful afternoon.

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