Thanks! Yes it was a bit worrying!
Thankfully it was a false alarm.
and noone got
There were also a few Vervet Monkeys around. We had our lunch back at our rondavel, but had to watch our food like a hawk because we were quickly surrounded by little feathered thieves. It was like something out of a Hitchcock film with Crested Barbets, Greater Blue-eared Starlings, Red-billed Buffalo Weavers, Grey, Red-billed and Yellow-billed hornbills all trying to steal a piece of our meal. The only bird that seemed happy enough to forage for its own lunch was an African Hoopoe.
That afternoon we came across a herd of elephants all crowded together in the shade of a single tree. We returned to the waterhole where we’d seen the rhinos earlier, but it was now very quiet. A Slender Mongoose and Brown Snake-Eagle were the highlights of the otherwise rather quiet afternoon.
Back at camp, we met up with Wendy A for a couple of drinks over dinner, before heading out again for out night drive. Lions had been seen on night drives for the previous two nights, so, having still not seen any, we were hopeful that this might be our chance. We had a mixed group, but one of the South Africans seemed to object to the lamping technique of some of the other participants, complaining that with the way they were throwing the lights around we wouldn’t see a thing. Our first good sighting was of a white rhino; then we caught sight of a distant Spotted Hyena. Quite a few different antelope were seen, including Impala, Kudu, Bush Duiker and Steenbok. There were also sightings of Buffalo and Giraffe. We stopped for another antelope, which turned out to be a Reedbuck, a new one for the list. A few Scrub Hares could be found by the side of the road and a Black-backed Jackal was seen trotting down the road in front of us towards the end of the drive. Sadly, we didn’t see any lions.
On arriving back I waited outside for a while in the hope of seeing the honey badgers, but none appeared. I could hear lions roaring in the distance and the eerie “whoo-oop” calls of the hyenas. Then as I was getting into bed, I heard the most horrifyling blood-curdling scream from some animal, which left me wondering if the lions or hyenas had made a kill just outside of camp. satara 16 - 18 051African Hoopoe
, on Flickrsatara 16 - 18 053 Yellow-fronted canary
, on Flickrsatara 16 - 18 061 African Elephant
, on Flickrsatara 16 - 18 063 Slender Mongoose
, on Flickrsatara 16 - 18 075 Brown Snake-eagle
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