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... drive back to the area to check ourselves and see if we can spot the rhino again.
Jon's thermos is empty, so he takes this opportunity to swing by Rhino-Dino again to fill up on fresh coffee to the amusement of the same friendly lady behind the counter, "you will fly soon, so much caffeine" she giggles. We drive on, retracing again already driven paths toward another hide where we decide to take a break from driving and sit with our coffee ...
Up bright and early at 5 AM. We ate breakfast, packed bag lunches and were off to canoe and game walk. After a quick ten minutes in the open air Land Rover we arrived at the riverbanks where we were given a quick briefing on how much space to leave the hippos floating in the river. As hippos are the most deadly creature to humans in Africa I was sure to pay close attention. We were also told how to cope with crocodiles and the procedure if one's ...
... this morning included glossy starlings, doves and a colourful kingfisher. The kingfisher perched on a nearby branch nicely poised for photos!
Today the weather was bright and sunny and projected to be 30 degrees but the wind came up cooling the temperature. A pleasant day.
Not so many animals seen today, long periods without any sightings. Always a bit dispiriting.
Wildebeest, zebra, impala, inyala and common duiker along with smaller creatures such as tortoise and ...
KZN Part II
Now it was time for the Wildlife Ranchers meeting. This was to be
held at the Nkwazi Lake Lodge, overlooking the Jozini Lake in the
Pongola Game Reserve, the owner of which was a prominent member of
the WRSA. Lucy and I got there a bit early so that we could have some
time to tweak her presentation and get some other work done. Let me
paint the scene for you as we finally entered the conference room, it
was fairly comical. About 50 ...
... block there were a few large bins. The wild pig was in heaven. One by one he knocked them over and scavenged the few pieces of food in there. We watched him from the safety of a fence between us. He left within ten minutes of arriving. Then we went back to cook our dinner. We enjoyed another night under the stars, listening to the nocturnal sounds of the bush. Once again, as we were falling asleep the wild pig came to our campsite, knocked over our bin and enjoyed our food ...
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