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We didn’t sleep much before the alarm clock went off this morning at 4. The reason: as usual the lions were active again from very early. We went to bed at about 9 and lying in bed we were listening to their sound. It was very humid and difficult to fall asleep. Suddenly the roaring became quite hard and we went outside to the fence to see if we could spot anything. After a while and some fruitless shining the spotlight, we went back to bed again, just before dozing off the sounds were louder again. This went on for some time. The zebras, would run past, we go out, then it quiet down, then the buffalo run past and we would go out again. At about 12 we were back in bed again, thinking that maybe now the veld would quiet down. Just after 1, as just as we dozed off, we were awoke again, this time it sounded like footsteps in the campsite. As this was a no entry site, we immediately went outside to see who wondered off and landed in our little “domain”. We couldn’t see anything, but kept on hearing footsteps going up and down. It was quite spooky. Went back into the tent …. Next moment a load roar and the very distinctive sound of a collision. We suddenly realized what it was and almost ran to the fence. Not 10 meters from the fence – that is about 15 meters from our tent, the two young males of a previous night caught an impala lamb. They tore it apart and all was over within minutes. We were watching from behind some trees, because as we first came upon them and shone the spotlight on them, they gave a growl and looked straight at us. That sent us back in hiding. They went to the waterhole in front of the guesthouse and we could watch them for a few more minutes in the light at the waterhole before they moved off. I do not need to tell you what adrenaline rush we both had. We finally went back to bed, and suddenly the field and animals were quiet. We fell asleep, only to be woken by a huge thunderstorm about 45 minutes later… By 4:30, it was still pouring with a lot of thunder, so we decided to stay inside and gave the morning drive a miss.
We had to go again to Nwanetsi later the day, and did not see much, but found a beautiful honey badger that stayed next to us and we got some really nice pics of it. Another pic I took was of a very dirty and muddy Zebra … basically this is what most of them looked like this morning after the rains.
Back in camp we had some visitors…
Today was by far the hottest day so far. Some of the guests told me at the boom gate when doing permit inspection that they measured a high of 48 degrees. At half past 5, it was still 32 degrees.
We drove out at gate opening time to Komana dam to have some coffee there and found some hyenas playing at their den. The little pan just before Komana delivered us with two lazy lionesses.
We returned to camp and I started my duties. Later we drove out to Ntsemani dam and found some wilddogs on the Orpen road.