After the sadness of the dead fawn we headed back for camp for what was now lunch. Temperatures soared to 40 degrees and we basically parked ourselves in the pool at Mata Mata. It proved to be a brilliantly relaxing afternoon. Check the pool’s reflection in the shades! For a Capie who has seen nothing but rain for a few weeks this was heaven!
At about 5 we decide to go for a little sundowner drive till the gates close. What a great decision. Excuse the PATHETIC photos but as usual when you don’t expect something to happen it does.
Once again the little African Wildcat shows us why it is a true survivor and opportunist. We saw the blur of action as it pounced on the poor little squirrel but alas only caught the final moments on camera. What amazing speed and skill!
Of course I had my girls crying for the poor victim and now had to deal with the deaths of two small creatures in one day!
In all the excitement we hit a heavy patch of sand and the first of a few vehicle issues on the trip! As mentioned at the beginning of the trip our adventurist spirit is reflected in the fact that we came with a Polo to KTP!! Now some adrenalin as we need faithful Sandy to pull Silver Bird out of a tricky situation!
For those who don’t know my kids named the vehicles on our previous trip
BMW X3 Red = Sandy
Silver Polo = Silver Bird
These became our “handles” when chatting on Walky Talky.... “Sandy come in.. we have a problem”
Good thing we have all our rescue equipment and the “Rescue Rangers” get to work. Pink Lady is the Lookout..... I know we are breaking the “no body part out of the car” rule but knowing what lurks in these grasses we have to be alert. Bosvrou #1 is capturing the moment for nostalgia in years to come.
Jan Peter-man and Lion Hunter(who now is hoping his Lion luck has run out!!) hitch Silver bird for our rescue operation!
Like the “Bush Pros” we think we are, we pop Silver Bird out of her disaster and head on back! What a relief.