Sunday, 13 January 2013

January 12th - Wind, wind and some more wind!

Ximpoko male enjoying a morning lie in!
Morning Drive
(Herold, Grant, Chad & Andrea)

Elephant (3 Kambaku) / Motswari – Wedge River Road
Elephant (1 Kambaku) / Wisani Crossing
Buffalo (1 Daghaboy) / Motswari – Wedge River Road
Buffalo (2 Daghaboys) / Java – Java trough
Lion (1 female) / Kings – Cole’s Drive
Lion (2 Ximpoko males) / Kings – Mamba Drive

Afternoon Drive
(Grant, Chad & Andrea)

Rhino (crash of 4)
Buffalo (Daghaboy) / Vielmetter – Lower River Road
Lion (2 Ximpoko males) / Kings – Mamba Drive
Elephant (Breeding Herd) / Karans – Old Closed Road
Elephant (Breeding Herd) / Karans – Karan’s Pan

We arose to a very very windy day! It was a little overcast with some light showers, so ponchos were donned and set out into the morning. I headed south in high hopes that the lion the other guys had seen the night before were still around. While Grant headed down the tar road, Chad checked north of camp where he found a few bull elephant and a buffalo bull. As I slowly made my way south, we bumped into 2 bull buffalo drinking at Java trough.

The Kings guys found the two Ximpoko males and after having not seen the lion last night, I headed south. As we were approaching the sighting, a female popped out onto the riverbed below – what timing! 

With new guests arriving in the afternoon and one current guest requesting elephant – we set out with that in mind. It wasn’t long before Rudi form Karans let us know about a breeding herd of elephant near his camp that should pop out onto Western Cutline. I cut deeper onto Karans while others followed up on the elephant. TO my luck, we found our own herd of ellies who in all fairness, did seem to be following the other herd, which by this point, Chad was in lock with.

After a fantastic view things quieted down a little until I happened to be in the right place at the right time to pull into a rhino sighting. It was the same four I had the other day – always special to watch. We then headed down to Kings to see these two male lions. They were properly flat cat under a grewia tree!

After a very late drinks stop, we hurried home – only just scraping  in enough time to get back up north and in time for dinner!

See you all tomorrow,

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