An amazing Sunset / Night drive combo tonight!!
By unanimous vote we went lion hunting tonight, going fairly far afield to try and find a couple male lions that had been spotted earlier. Unfortunately, the lions had long since moved on by the time we got there... but we did come up with a brilliant grab-bag of sightings on our way out and back!
- The usual 'boks, springhares, and scrub hares
- Cape Foxes (I lost track at 8 sightings)
- Bat-eared foxes (ditto!)
- Barn owl
- Small spotted genet
A first for me! A very fleeting sighting, but one I'll treasure nonetheless!
- Brown Hyena - A first for one of my guests, who was ecstatic about the sighting. I think I have better luck finding such things when people ask to see them... speaking of which, more people need to ask for pangolins! I nee to find one of those!
- Lions! Not the ones we were looking for, but why complain about that! Three females wandering down the road as we were heading back to camp. Not the best sighting ever (they were about 100m into the bush), but it was a first for my guests, and they were pleased! - what more can I ask for?Night
Only one family with me for this drive, but I am so glad they decided to come out!
- Bat-eared foxes
- Cape foxes
- Spotted Eagle Owls
- Brown Hyena - the same one from the sunset drive! He was still wandering about laying down scent markings along the road. I think this is the one I see every time I do the drive along the Nossob road. Seems quite possessive of his territory.
Spotted right at Leeudril, she wandered down the road by the waterhole, up to the distance marker for all the wilderness camps, scent marked it (smells just like popcorn, for those who have never been lucky enough to witness/smell this event!), and then casually sauntered off! She walked right by our gameviewer, and seemed remarkably calm - right up till I tried the old "drive by slow and stop to let her walk past" manoeuvre, when she glared at me and trotted off into the bush. Busted!
Regardless, a fantastic sighting to top off the night!