Bayala Game Lodge
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... been very sparse today we decided to try our luck down here. Baboons, warthogs, male waterbuck, one water buffalo at a tiny marshy pool and a fish eagle. Not so much!
Deciding to call it a day on the way out we saw a group of kudu and a vervet monkey darted across the road.
We went into St Lucia to book a couple of trips and back to the apartment to relax for the afternoon.
A meal out at a fish restaurant tonight to make a change from all the braai ...
... to the light overnight rainfall. No game was seen here however. Continuing further along the loop more wildebeest and buffalo were grazing on the hillsides and impala by the side of the road. Part of the loop was designated as a 4x4 only track. As we have a 4x4 vehicle this was taken as a challenge! So off we went. The track wasn't really too bad, just a couple of steep rocky ascents as we climbed to the top of the hill. The common sights ...
... the male white rhino as it slowly walked across the dry river.
Paul continued driving towards Mpila. On the way up the hill we saw a pair of vultures standing in their nests at the top of a tree, a pair of young female kudus, a crash of four white rhinos and further along there was another white rhino.
We had now arrived back at our lodge. Here ...
... couple went on day trip. He said we could do a walk. Met Hamilton for walk at 3. Very hot. He named some of the trees for me, Umbrella thorn, Marula, deciduous (fruit used to make Amarula liqeur) and the Sausage tree which had sausage shaped fruit that animals not humans eat. Saw a herd of Wildebeest, actually heard them first, they were snorting and huffing, then they took off and lined up, looked at us then ran off. Saw Zebra and a Giraffe lying down, ...
... be very happy. Just then an elderly man approached me and said "here is a present for you" and handed me a caricature of myself that he had drawn while sitting at an adjoining table. Turns out that he had hitchhiked from Cape Town to North Cape in Norway in 1958! What a great bloke, amazing who you meet when you set out on an adventure.
We stayed in traditional round huts and drove around the park seeing big herds of buffalo and by now the usual herds of stately ...