Protea Hotel Empangeni
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... warthogs, zebra, and water buffalo. They were amazing to watch. We came across a white rhino, and he is not white. One was taking a mud bath. There are many bathing places for them to roll around in. The mud keeps them cool and when it flakes off, the ticks fall off as well.
We then saw a troop of baboons. There were four adult males, babies, and of course, the females. Must have been near 30 of ...
... need to go pee and there was no way I was getting out of that tent in the dark with lion close by, so I didn't allow my curiosity to get the better of me! Rick doesn't sleep. He shuts his eyes, but is always fully alert in the bush. He added wood to the fire every 2 hours through the night and sat up keeping watch, returning to his tent to rest in between, apparently wearing nothing but his gun belt! He had already circled camp before we got up and reported back that new ...
... sightings, followed by a mum and baby white rhino. As we drive around the Sontuli Loop we spot a shadow on the road in front, we both react, Leopard! She is about 15m away, so we drive slowly toward her, but she hurries off into the thick bushes. She stops and watches us for a few minutes, but the density of the forest doesn't allow for a good view and the last we see is her beautiful spotted coat disappear deeper. Leopard are notoriously hard to see, so we feel ...
... is a monster! Fully equipped with self battery starter, self inflating air pressure kit for the tyres, inflatable sand bed, to lift the car out of deep sand if we get stuck, 2 spare tyres, and all the screws, nuts, bolts and wrenches one could think of! After a 30 minute intro on how to use all this stuff (I hope Jon was listening cause he lost me 29 minutes ago!), we are ready to leave and start our self-drive adventure. I am super excited ...
... of hippos were in the water, some with youngsters but not many hippos on land. The water level was high submerging the sandbanks so crocodiles were therefore swimming. We saw three large crocs at various times alongside the boat. Bird sightings included woolly necked storks, yellow billed kite, fish eagle, weaver birds, swallows, swifts and gulls. After lunch back at the flat we drove to the estuary mouth. You can walk along a boardwalk to the beach and the ...