FROM VILLIERS STEYN & JOSHUA MCPHAIL
Having had such so much luck with Big Cats in the morning, we decided, together with our guests, that yesterday afternoon we would try to locate some elephants. We tried a few small pans close to camp but were unsuccessful. We then decided to quickly check on Inkanyeni but she was still fast asleep at the base of the tree where her kill was.
We headed west and finally found a big herd of ellies. We were completed surrounded by the herd and listened to them as they moved around us, feeding and interacting. Our guests managed to get some wonderful images of the elephant’s tusks and wrinkly hides. For many, this was a truly special moment.
We left the ellies and followed up on some male leopard tracks which unfortunately crossed the boundary into the north. Stopping back in at Inkanyeni we found her still asleep on the ground and enjoyed the evening chorus of owls, hyenas and lions calling from all around. We were then surprised by an amazing bush braai which was the perfect way to end an unforgettable day on safari.
This morning we headed out and our tracker Chris spotted a female leopard Kuchava quite close to camp. This was totally unexpected but a welcome bonus. She descended into a drainage line where we could not follow and we carried on making our way west. We found an impressive bachelor herd of male Kudu and managed to photograph them.
We then saw some buffalo and rhino and stopped in at the hyena den where we photographed two adults. We ended up at Big Dam and found a small herd of elephants feeding. It was great to see them interact and feed so close to us. We stopped for coffee there at Big Dam and enjoyed watching the hippos, ellies and birdlife around us. It was a great spot for a hot cup of coffee.
We then followed up on a male leopard that had been seen at a nearby lodge but were unsuccessful. Having had a wonderful drive we headed back to the lodge where we were surprised by a wonderful bush breakfast provided by Nkorho. Having now ticked off all the sightings we had hoped for, everything else is a bonus.