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In fact that first day on the way back from Skukuza we had found a large buffalo herd in the Sand River, and we then saw them moving eastwards each day - even walking with them on the final afternoon. Also a lot of ellies about.

On the way home that first evening we found a mum hyena with 2 pups and also saw her on each of our trips out over the 3 days.

On our first morning we rose early and eventually got out of camp almost 30mins later than planned - it proved very difficult to get the men to be punctual. I ended up telling them they were worse than old women - because this old woman was able to be ready on time!

The walk was to give us some special sightings.........

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Glad you are back EJ! :clap: :clap:

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Will carry on with the report soon.....just a bit busy with many other things at the moment!

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:gflower: EJ, nice to read about your adventures. We can not call you Tarzan :hmz: maybe Jane. :)

Thank you for always sharing. :clap: :clap:

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I have just ploughed through the whole thread looking for 'evidence' for my guide log book which I have mislaid. Need to get it signed off for my trails guide assessment. What a wonderful trip down memory lane! (It has taken several days!)

Thanks so much for all the support and comments......

And sorry that the last 50 or so pages are not as good as the first ones. I think trying to be more careful about reporting some sightings (rhinos especially) has had an effect, but will try to get back to fuller reports if I can.

Also note that there have been far less drives over the last 6 months or so...... I put this down to Raymond moving to Trails. I think he often used me to do night drives so he could have a night off. The other guides tend to only ask me to help when I am really needed. Mixed feelings about that!

Need to spend some time today sorting out the caravan, but will try to catch up with the rest of the bush camp report later on.

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The first morning we set out early (not quite as early as planned!) and had some good sightings on our way to the walking area, including ellies, rhinos, impalas, giraffes, hyenas, steenbok, duikers.

I had not walked in that area before so I was keen to see what it was like. It was already beginning to feel hot when we set out, and there were not many big trees so not much shade.

We had not been walking long when the lead guide suddenly pointed to the left......and there were 2 honey badgers! We could see them clearly but they were on a mission and would not wait for photos. Every now and then they stopped and looked back at us, but there were just too many small twiggy bushes in the way and my attempts to trap them on the camera failed dismally.

And then shortly after that I saw a brown shape that was not an antelope, and was just about to let the lead guide know when he saw it too......a black-backed jackal......and then we saw it was actually feeding on a kill. It ran off as soon as it realised we were there, and we walked over to see what was going on. We found a half-eaten impala ram, probably killed by a leopard in the past few hours. The ground was hard and no tracks were easily visible to help us decided what had actually happened. No sign of the leopard either, of course!

The rest of the walk was spent mostly talking about trees, etc and trying to find some shade! There were lots of wildebeest about, and virtually all of them were sheltering under the few trees that were there.

On the way back to camp we saw a large herd of buffalo at Mantemahle dam, and decided that we might walk in that area in the afternoon if they were still about.

We managed to pick exactly the right time! As we reached the dam the herd had already moved off, and the last few animals were just clearing the road to the dam. It let us park safely and begin the walk in a circular route to find the main herd. Again we timed it well, and had a small drainage line between us and the herd when we came face to face. They looked at us, we stood quietly although in the open......and quickly they lost interest in us and went back to feeding. A few animals kept an eye on us, but we were obviously no threat. Wonderful experience!

On the way back to camp after the 'sundowners' of soft drinks (a Moslem group), we found lions on the road.

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Wow EJ, that all sounds amazing!!! :thumbs_up:

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Sounds like a really great day. Thanks for sharing with us!


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What a wonderful experience EJ! :clap: :clap:

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Better finish off this report before I am back out in the bush again!

On our second full day we headed further away for the walk to an area I know fairly well now. We found our hyenas as we drove out of camp again, and later lions, ellies, giraffes, zebs, rhinos......

On the walk itself we had 2 close encounters of the rhino-kind. The first 3 were asleep as we approached but woke almost at the same time as we saw them. They then shuffled around a bit trying to work out what had disturbed them and where it was. The guests were very quiet and the rhinos did not see us until we began to move off. Then one tried to come closer..... eventually the lead guide and myself had to shout and make it turn away.

The second encounter was a case of rhinos walking at right angles to us and seeing us as we saw them. They were more skittish, but did keep near us for a bit before veering off again.

In the evening we walked near Jones Dam and found waterbuck. On the way home we again found lions and hyenas.

The final morning we had time for only a short walk. It was quiet, but near the end I suddenly spotted 3 rocks on a ridge near us......only they were not rocks.....the horns gave the rhinos away! We managed to get very close to them before they became aware of us, and again because the guests were so good at keeping quiet and still we were able to watch them for a while before they decided they had enough of watching us and moved off.

Good camp, good encounters and sightings.

Now 4 nights out in the bush with some junior Honorary Rangers, before one night back home and then off to bush camp again. I may not be online for a while!!!

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EJ, seems you had a great time, and all the guests so well behaved

Enjoy your time in the bush, we will miss you :gflower:

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EJ, seems you had a great time, and all the guests so well behaved

Enjoy your time in the bush, we will miss you :gflower:

Thats right :angel:
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Exciting encounter with the Rhinos EJ! What a lovely time you had! :clap: :clap:

Enjoy your next Bush Camp! :dance: :dance:

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Hi EJ. I am back and have some catching up to do. In the meantime enjoy your bush adventures - we will miss you. We hope you are back soon .


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