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On the morning of the 8th we left the camp at the crack of dawn and within 200 metres of the camp came across this family of hyenas:
We had to drive off as they were starting to chew the car.
Other sightings that day were:
This big fella.
Two Brown-hooded Kingfishers.
And the first leopard (of many...) with a kill – but from a right old distance:
And then on the drive to Sirheni, our camp for the next three nights, we came across this elephant in a bit of a state.
There were no other elephants around, no signs of a struggle, no blood, nothing. It was breathing but looked laboured and, we assumed, highly unlikely to make it through the night. Upon arrival at Sirheni we informed reception accordingly.
We also saw our second leopard of the trip shortly after this – a female which had just killed a guinea fowl (there were feathers everywhere) right by the side of the road. We weren’t going fast or making any noise but she was spooked by the car and beat a swift retreat into the bushes almost immediately. Still, two leopards in one day is pretty good going.
The next morning we left the camp as early as possible and drove with intent to find the elephant – this might sound morbid but we wanted to a) find out what became of it and b) if it died over night there were bound to be predators/ scavengers feeding (we weren’t the only people thinking this).
What we weren’t expecting was that it had vanished without a trace! It must have recovered sufficiently from what ailed it and got to its feet.
9th August – no ‘big’ sightings but a few nice photos taken:
The smallest Grysbok I’ve ever seen.
Preening Southern Red-billed Hornbill at Babalala.
Two young bull giraffes mock fighting. The one on the right got rather ‘worked-up’ by all this excitement and tried to mount the one on the left who was far from impressed – the teenage years can be confusing times.
This little chap.