Sorry to take so long
The first morning we set out early (not quite as early as planned!) and had some good sightings on our way to the walking area, including ellies, rhinos, impalas, giraffes, hyenas, steenbok, duikers.
I had not walked in that area before so I was keen to see what it was like. It was already beginning to feel hot when we set out, and there were not many big trees so not much shade.
We had not been walking long when the lead guide suddenly pointed to the left......and there were 2 honey badgers! We could see them clearly but they were on a mission and would not wait for photos. Every now and then they stopped and looked back at us, but there were just too many small twiggy bushes in the way and my attempts to trap them on the camera failed dismally.
And then shortly after that I saw a brown shape that was not an antelope, and was just about to let the lead guide know when he saw it too......a black-backed jackal......and then we saw it was actually feeding on a kill. It ran off as soon as it realised we were there, and we walked over to see what was going on. We found a half-eaten impala ram, probably killed by a leopard in the past few hours. The ground was hard and no tracks were easily visible to help us decided what had actually happened. No sign of the leopard either, of course!
The rest of the walk was spent mostly talking about trees, etc and trying to find some shade! There were lots of wildebeest about, and virtually all of them were sheltering under the few trees that were there.
On the way back to camp we saw a large herd of buffalo at Mantemahle dam, and decided that we might walk in that area in the afternoon if they were still about.
We managed to pick exactly the right time! As we reached the dam the herd had already moved off, and the last few animals were just clearing the road to the dam. It let us park safely and begin the walk in a circular route to find the main herd. Again we timed it well, and had a small drainage line between us and the herd when we came face to face. They looked at us, we stood quietly although in the open......and quickly they lost interest in us and went back to feeding. A few animals kept an eye on us, but we were obviously no threat. Wonderful experience!
On the way back to camp after the 'sundowners' of soft drinks (a Moslem group), we found lions on the road.