I've got one.....
We decided to do a morning drive at Skukuza.
As we get into the truck, I feel excitement in the air....something special will happen this morning, I am sure of it.
Our driver goes through his ritual speeches, and asks the eternal question...."what do you want to see?"
There was my father and I and SO, and a man and 2 women travelling together, obviously their first day in the park, I am thinking, as the man answers with excitement "Elephant!" and the 2 women answer "Giraffe!".
I try not to burst out laughing, wondering to myself why they would pay the extra money for the morning drive to see the usual.
I was there to my leopard! So, the drive starts. 30 minutes into it, and not an animal to be seen (even the impala seemed scarce!).
Then I see 3 giraffe on my left.
The group seem to be busy talking instead of looking, and I consider letting them slide. But then I remember my joy at seeing all of the animals of Kruger, and I yell "STOP".
They look at the giraffes, and take tons of photos. They are so excited.
As the driver starts to pull away, I notice a giraffe on the right, very close to the road, eating a tree at the roadside.
I think "This one is closer, they can get better photos".
So I again say "STOP", and point to the giraffe on the right.
They are so excited that this one is close, and they are snapping photos like mad. I sit back and contemplate the giraffe, when SUDDENLY, at the giraffe's feet right in front of it, I catch movement of the flick of a tail.
The gods of Kruger must have smiled upon me for my "good deed", for there, at the giraffe's feet, was a leopard resting!!!! Who would have known!
We never would have seen it if I hadn't decided to call out the giraffe.
The funniest part is when, in total excitement, I say "there's a feline tail twitching in the grass...Oh MY GOD, its a leopard!"
The driver goes wild. My dad goes wild. MY SO goes wild, but the giraffe ladies instantly run to the back of the truck to take photos of the giraffe, as in all the commotion, it started to cross the road.
Only once the giraffe was out of view did they ask about the leopard,which was in the brush by then.
I wonder if they ever figured out they should have been interested in the leopard??????
Maybe after their 25th giraffe sighting
The funniest part was, about 8 cars passed by while we watched the leopard, and all sped by when they thought we were looking at the giraffe!