Off to the Sweni Hide and we met a lovely couple there who had recently taken over the management of the restaurant. We had a very enlightening talk which made us understand far better the challenges that they were facing. They were kind enough to share a tipple of Amarula when we were trapped for a while as a violent storm blew in from nowhere, drenching us and dropping the temperature significantly.
Somebody told us that 3 poachers had been killed close to Sweni in the previous week. Personally I think they deserve everything they get, I save my tears for the rhino...
As we eventually pulled out of Sweni we ran into a military vehicle patrolling the area, it was full of some heavily armed, extremely fierce looking soldiers, would not like to be a poacher running into those guys
A beautiful, relaxed ellie with no psycho tendencies..
These horns are really handy for some serious scratching
A very elegant birdy
This little one had such an angelic face
We also discovered a new species, the PushmiPullyou Guinea Fowl
Pulling into camp I reminded the SO to keep a camera handy in case the honey badger came back that evening. I was walking around the corner of the rondavel to the entrance with my arms full of camera bags when I literally bumped into the honey badger coming from the opposite direction
I screamed, he snarled and we both fled in opposite directions.
Quickly grabbing the camera I ran after him, he had run behind the rondavel and came out a few huts further. He didn't seem too bothered by all the attention and carried on with his mission of scavenging his supper:
The SO managed to grab a quick snippet of video, check out those claws!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tOLMEWNZ6E&list=HL1363288998&feature=mh_lolz
Well, that made my day, honey badgers must be the coolest animals in the world, love how he struts his stuff