Had a couple of sunset drives recently, both fairly quiet but good close sightings of the animals we did have. Some nice restful ellies, buffs, hippos, a couple of friendly slender mongooses, giraffes, zebs, impalas, scrub hares, warthogs, waterbuck, hyenas, duikers, steenbok.......when the list is made it sounds a lot after all!
The last trip ended up with a thunder storm and we all got a bit wet. The rain stopped after about 10 mins though, and did not start again until I was nearly back at camp, and waited until I was in the caravan before it really poured. Lashings of rain, wind, lots of lightning and crashes of thunder.....It was a really wild night.
But it is not necessary to go out of camp for animal encounters! Yesterday after getting back from church I went to see how some campers had fared in the storm. The lady had slipped on the ladder to their roof top tent and had some nasty bruises so I took her some arnica ointment......and on the way across to them almost walked slap bang into an ellie!
He had come into camp after marulas and got almost as much of a surprise as I did......he did not like it. I ducked quickly behind the hedge.....even though he would know I was there! And made my way across to the campers under cover and then spent some time with them while we watched the ellie. He moved between 3 trees hoovering up fruit on the ground, and kept a watch on us too, showing a bit of agitation if we moved too much.
I went back to the caravan by walking around the huts out of his sight, but he saw me cross the road to the caravan area and again was not happy. I watched for a while, and then he moved back close to the gate so I got into the 10-seater which was near me and thought I could gently encourage him to go out the gate. Unfortunately the sound of the engine was like a red rag to a bull! He did not like it..... I passed him though and joined the campers, but could not get close to him without warning movements on his part. There was no point in upsetting him more so I parked up and stayed with the campers. I could not walk away without being in full view and maybe upsetting him as he now was not a happy chappy!
He did move towards the staff area, and they chased him off by making a noise and started to throw things at him and I think use a catapult. He turned and I thought was going out the gate.....but instead turned again and came straight for us! I told the campers to get into their car quickly (almost an unneeded instruction!) and joined them while watching....He stopped at the back of the car and slowly settled down again and walked back to his trees. After that we could do little but watch him.
I reported the incident hoping for some back-up too. And so that any guests still to check in could be warned....
Eventually he moved to the road area again and then suddenly out of the gate and one of the staff appeared.....I think he had managed to chase ellie at the right moment. Ellie then moved round to my caravan area (outside the fence) and then off into the bush.
He has been around though, and was back tonight with a friend. Heard a car go to staff area while I was talking to same campers, and immediately an ellie squeal. I ran to the gate to close it, and was just in time because as I turned to go back to the campers he appeared! I had already warned our other guests about him, and so just watched for a while then made arrangements that if either of the campers were worried they could hoot and I would come, and came back to the caravan.
I have a walk in the morning.....probably with Ras from BnD......
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