It took me a while to get back into the rhythm of writing and editing photos for my trip report, but I'm ready and here is the beginning of PART 2!Day 6. March 13, 2013
Last night was a busy night other side the fence….. A pride of lions walked along the river bed and made them self’s heard. They roared from around 12 o’clock until 3 o’clock the morning. I tried looking form them, but the Mopanies were just too thick. After going back to bed they came closer and I could hear them breathing and the grass rustling! Then I was just too afraid to back outside! Skillie woke up once or twice and said it was not him making all the noise. The next morning I spoke to Roger and he said he did not hear a thing! Some of the other campers were up early too with the plan to go and look for the lions after lying awake all night like I did….
Hanging around the tent was the resident Yellow Hornbill just checking if we've dropped something.
Before heading for the gate we quickly walked to the other side of the camp to the Owl tree, but no-one was home, only a few Waterbuck were enjoying some early morning grass.
We drove to Mooiplaas Picnic Spot, which is just on the other side of the fence by- the-way, thinking the lions might have left footprints, but nothing. We drove all the little river loops, scouting the river banks and Mopanies for any Lions, but nothing. We met a few faces from camp and exchanged info, but too they have seen nothing….
Eventually we gave up looking for the midnight Lions and drove to our favorite place, the coarse way at Shipandi Hide.
The resident Crocs were on duty eyeing the birds.
A family of Arrow-marked Babblers was in a dead tree on the river bank arguing about something before breakfast.
The Little Black-Crakes were looking for some water grub.
The Goliath Heron was nowhere to be found and we turned around and went back to the H1-6 driving north towards the Tropic of Capricorn.
While sitting there looking at the golden rock we spotted a heard of Ellies right next to us between the curtain of dense Mopanies with a few young ones and decided not to wait too long for Mama Ellie to appear from the nowhere and surprise us.
Terrible Ellie pics, but just to show how dense the Mopanies were.
We decided to go to our next favorite place, the Tihongonyeni waterhole on the S144 and met this beautiful Long Neck Bull just as we turned onto the gravel road. Speaking to some of the other campers at Tsendze, they mentioned that they have hardly seen Giraffes in the Mopani area.
Just before the S143 we were stopped in our tracks by these to Giants! We had to back track for quite a bit and could reverse into the short loop at the N’wambu waterhole and the Giants just strolled passed us without even looking our way.
All these pics I had to take through the windscreen going in the opposite direction. After our Mad Sable Ellie episode we did not want to take any chances....
They walked in the down the middle op the road like kings, everyone getting out of their way!
Next we stopped at Tihongonyeni Waterhole....
Day 6, to continue...