Oct 6, Day 3, continue
We decided to drive the S100 since everyone saw lions, leopards, buffs and ellies on the road and at Gudzani dam mating lions this morning and would cheer us up after Skillie did not feel well this morning. It was around 12h30 and maybe to late and hot, but we had enough of sitting in camp.
We did not see much of anything. It's bone dry and the bit of grass here and there looks like ash. We saw a longneck, a few waterbuck and zebras at the Shibotwana waterhole, but I could not tell if there was water there or not.
Near Nsasane waterhole, on the left hand side, about 5 meters from the road, we saw a dead lion!
How terrible! The lioness was lying very awkward with her head in the sun.
No wait, she's not dead, she moved! After 10/15 minutes she turned over to another interesting position...
She even kept an eye on us......really thought she was totally oblivious to us being there until I downloaded the photos and saw she opened her eye.
Well, she never got up and we looked really hard for the rest of the family, but nothing.
We got these impies with oxpeckers huddled in the shade. I just love their spike horns.
Then, it made my day! Our first bobbies! They too were hiding in a bit of shade of a tiny tree from the midday sun.
Then this unexpected picture happend, just love it!
At Gudzani dam there was nothing going on. The dam was almost empty. We saw it almost full in April. We sat a while, there was far away hippos and a far away saddle-billed stork.
On the S41 on the way to N'wanetsi lookout point we only saw this lonely longneck with beautiful spots on his neck.
N'wanetsi was as always a pleasure to stop at. It's awesome to look out over the vastness of Africa. I was hot and dry and the dam below looked so inviting with the 2 epyptian geese, except for a croc of two. There were 2 klipspringers on the rocks down river and a bateleur sitting in a tree also down river.
The view from the lookout point.
The lovely painting on the back wall of the lookout point.
We took the H6 back to the H1-3 and saw very little of anything.
We did see this Purple Roller, his beak open trying to cool down.
On the H1-3 we saw a few longnecks, but this one stood out with his dark sports on his face.
Almost back at camp we found the resident young kudus and this one wanted to pose for us.
We were back at 16h30 and decided to rest and have supper before we go out on the night drive at 20h00. I decided not to take photos as the light would be terrible and I wanted to enjoy the experience and rather tell the story.
30min before the night drive would start everybody had to meet in front of reception. I was in charge of a spotlight and that was great. Our guide explained that there are 3 colors of eye shine at night: green for antelope, red for buffs and hippos, yellow for the cats. We would only stop for red and yellow. First we saw BBJ's and hippos. Then we came across lions on the hunt. We followed them for a short while up close and could see the yellow of their eyes. Then we saw a small spotted genet, first for me. We changed direction and saw plenty of spotties onward. Then I spotted an AWC right next to the road (a wild one, to far form camp) hunting, that was nice, a fist for me and Skillie. After more Spotties and BBJ's, a couple of buffs crossed the road in a hurry and to our amazement a lioness behind them, then another one! The buffs got away, but it didn't look like a full on attack by the lions. They walked next to the road for a while, then there was the roar from other lions somewhere and they turned in that direction and disappeared. On the way back we saw another genet, this time the large spotted genet. We drove back to camp seeing more buffs and ellies and something representing a leopard of civet, but it was gone so quick, no second changes here. We got back late around 10h45, but it was worth it!
The end of day 3.
(Not the best photography) Somewhere, sometime during the 11 days we saw this seen, 3 of the big five in one shot. The Lion is on the left of the ellie's ear..........only saw it today!!