4 out of 5 ain't bad

Trip Start Jul 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 20, 2007

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sadly, it was our day to leave the Motswiri Lodge in Madikwe but not before going on one last morning safari.  This time we were on the hunt for the elusive leopard.  On our way, Hawk-eye Steve spotted a lion that our ranger totallly missed because he was busy looking down at the lion tracks! We sat and watched the lion and her 2 cubs playing around for a little while because it's rare to see lions in action...usually they're just lying around.
Then it was off into the mountains to find a leopard again.  Once again Hawk-eye Steve spots this impressive-looking Kudu who was apparently quite rare to see one this old with horns this big.  After we had our coffee break on top of the mountain, Kevin, our ranger, was determined to still find that leopard.  He spotted some "drag" marks where he thought a leopard had just made a fresh kill and was dragging it up the mountainside and, sure enough, after searching around for a little while, we found him!  It was pretty exciting to track down this animal and we were the only ones to see him because, by the time other vehicles started to show up to get in on the action, the leopard had disappeared into the bush.  But Steve and I were happy because now we had seen 4 of the "Big Five" most sought after animals...lions, elephants, rhinos and leopard.  The only thing we hadn't seen were the water buffalo but, that's okay, 4 out of 5 ain't bad at all.

We said our goodbyes to the amazing staff at Motswiri...everyone really made us feel comfortable, playing with Sora and spoiling us rotten.  Then it was off in our car headed for Sun City.  Along the way Steve got pulled over by some cops who claimed he was speeding at over 90kms/h even though we had just accelerated from a stop sign and we were also driving behind a truck and another car.  Hmmmm.  And, of course, to make it easier for us, the cops said we could pay for the ticket on the spot with cash and not have to go to court.  Before we left Motswiri, Kevin had warned us that there were some unscrupulous cops in the area who made it a regular practice to try to extort money out of tourists.  So Steve did some fancy talking and basically didn't give in to them and I guess the cops thought we weren't worth the bother so they let us go.

We made it to Sun City in time to check the place out and have dinner before it got dark. 
I gotta say, I was a little disappointed with Sun City after all the hype I've heard about.  If you've been to Vegas before, Sun City is nothing.  It's a good thing we didn't plan on staying there for the night because the room rates are ridiculously expensive.  We headed back to Joburg instead to crash the night before our early morning flight to Cape Town.
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