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Day 4: 22nd December 2007
It was a wonderful early morning. As we opened the zipzaps from our roof-tent and sleepily looked out, we saw that the sky was all red and as we drove out the gates, we saw a beautiful sunrise!
On our morning game drive up north from Nossob after a few kilometres, we soon met the male lion, who we had heard calling during the night. He was walking beside the sandy road and there was quikly a traffic jam with approx. 10 cars driving all over in front of us to try to get the best spot for pictures. We kept our distance and awaited what would happen next.
The lion obviously wanted to cross the road, but as soon as he moved forward, the first car in line moved forward, too, and blocked the way. The lion started to shake its head and he seemed very unhappy about this situation. This continued several times.
In the end, he crossed the road somewhere in the middle between all the uplined cars in front and dissapeared into the bush for peace and quiet.
We drove further on and left the other cars behind. It was a cloudy day.
At Bedinkt waterhole, there was only one other car and we joined them, switched off our engine, had coffee and just waited. After a while, something black appeared far in the distance in the dry riverbed on the left side. My husband looked through his binoculars and said that it was something strange that looked all black, strolling around and it had a white stripe along its back. As it came closer, we realised that it was a honey badger!
We had never seen one before, so we were very enthusiastic about this sighting! The honey badger was around for quiet a while, but not very close, unfortunetly. He moved on after approx 20minutes and dissapeared out of sight on the right side then.
As we were making a cross in our animal book "Mammals of Southern Africa" for "Honey Badger", my husband suddenly said "Look, there are two more coming!" and he was right!
I couldn`t believe my eyes, when suddenly two more honey badgers were coming from the same direction to the left as the other had done before. It seemed as if they were tracking the first honey badger, as they were sniffing on the ground all the time, following the tracks. A predator bird appeared in the distance, approaching the honey badgers and they suddenly stopped with what they were doing and ran off to the same direction from which they had appeared.
We were very happy, but hungry and decided to get back to camp for breakfast. On the way, we saw some wildebeest with calves and a curious oryx.
We relaxed in the heat of the day, watching the busy ground squirrels and listening to the birds` song and talking to our campsite neighbours about this morning`s sights. Apparently, they had seen some lions south of Nossob on their game drive. We also went to the hide and saw some Hartebeest and the Lanner Falcons in the tree again at the waterhole, which from time to time came flying down to have a drink.
In camp, there was a little green creature sitting next to the reception and we just had to take a photo of it! (It looked like a grasshopper or similar?!)
In the afternoon, we went back on another game drive up north of Nossob. We stopped at Kwang waterhole and switched our car`s engine off to see what was going on here. We were the only car around.
There was a jackal laying beside the waterhole, oryx drinking some steps away and there were also some wildebeests just standing around a a few metres from the waterhole. It was very quiet.
And then, something very sad happened...