Thank you to all for reading this report, your kind comments and for being so patient while I take forever to get on with it. I do have to share PC time with a daughter and her homework
Does that sound familiar to some of you??
Ingrid60 - now I have put 2 and 2 together
and only today have I seen the rest of your super trip report. Your sure did have some awesome sightings
Back in Sept
My favourite time is Sept!!
MM and MN, I realize that the Meerkat sighting was unique but also really quite sad to witness
MN, thanks for being patient...me too, don't want to push my luck
I have been so busy trying to catch up on all the other exciting (and some disturbing reports
), so now a quick episode from me before I crash into bed.
One of the many extra special treats we enjoy when staying at Urikaruus is when you leave for a drive in the early am or when you come back to camp in the late afternoon is that there are no other cars around. Well, that’s with the exception of the other guests staying in camp.
This morning we decided to drive south. We spent a lot of time watching the weavers and again enjoyed lovely sightings of Secretary Birds and Snake Eagles.
We passed one vehicle coming towards us around Montrose. He must have come from Kielie Krankie as it was still too early to have come all the way from TR.
We decided to travel to Batulama and then slowly make our way back. As we neared Montrose we saw the vehicle that we had passed had stopped. We stopped quite a distance away when all of a sudden……. leopard and cub.
We switched the engine off and excitedly discussed how lucky we were to see them. They looked so relaxed and we felt sure we would be watching these two for a while.
Cub, still relaxed
Mum watching cub, uncertain which way to run
Cub getting a bit nervous looking at tanker
Well, that was not to be. Suddenly the cub ran towards mum, then away from her, then back towards her. While doing this, she never took her eyes off the road. The reason for this was… one huge fuel tanker traveling towards Mata Mata. SO realized rather quickly that we had better start up and move closer, in fact, almost right up the bank of the road to allow him enough space to pass us. At the same time, Mum and cub ran across the road so quickly that by the time the tanker had passed, they were nowhere to be seen.
One moment we were saying how lucky we were and seconds later..… what bad luck!!! We see what we were longing to see and it is spoilt by a fuel tanker zooming by. I do know we need to be able to refuel or else we would be complaining, but to pass at a leopard sighting. Bad luck or what????? Brings to mind… what time did this tanker leave TR and then the next question, how fast had he been traveling to get there by the time he did??
We spent the next hour, up and down scanning the area, but sadly, leopard and cub not to be seen again.
It was after this wonderful experience of not just seeing a leopard, BUT a leopard WITH a cub, that I realised....
So what that the sun is in the wrong position
, that they are partly in the shade
, that I wish I had a better camera
, that the darn fuel tanker came past
we had seen a leopard with a cub, in their surroundings... how lucky and privileged we are