Elephant encounters and sundowners in the bush

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

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Up early for a coffee and some raisin rusk biscuits that I quite enjoyed. It was pretty chilly overnight and I was still a bit nippy with 2 blankets covering me.

We left camp at 6:30 and a few of the bird spots included blue waxbill, African white backed vulture, bateleur eagle, brown hooded kingfisher, fork tailed drongo and southern black flycatcher.

The highlight of the morning though was when we went to sit on a kopje and watched a heard of about 14 elephants approach. They must be blind as bats as none of them saw us, but a couple of them could smell us when they got close and they approached the bottom of the rocks and started sniffing around. One of them even started climbing the rocks at one point towards us but soon gave up, much to Nick's relief.

Soon after the elephants a buffalo approached, but as soon as he caught wind of us he was off like a shot heading for the hills as if he was part of a stampede.

A few other things we spotted in the area were rhinos, klipspringers and a distant leopard hunting one of the klipspringers.

Today turned out to be a bit of a scary one for me as I found out Erica had bought a matching hat. We had a bit of a serious chat and we decided that we would make sure we never did anything like that in the future.

We had a great lunch before driving out to a kopje for sunset that evening. We saw a couple of white rhinos along the way, including 2 that were maybe 50ft away from us as we walked up to the kopje.

Considering their huge size they were very skittish when they saw us.

The South Africans bought G+T and Droewors (a dried sausage) for sundowners. We saw plenty of animals just sat up there on top of that hill.
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