Moremi Game Reserve

Trip Start Oct 01, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

After 3 days of Bush Camping in Savuti we were off to explore Moremi Game Reserve. The drive from Savuti to 3rd Bridge was breathtaking but ohhhhh so long. Luckily the time passes quickly when you start the drive by passing a family of Lions relaxing along the road. I was surprised to see how relaxed they were with our presence. It was if they were posing for our cameras fº

Half way we decided to stop for lunch under the famous Baobab Trees. This HUGE tree is not an uncommon sighting in moremi. Experts predict that the lager ones (see photo) can be up to 3000yrs old. These trees are not only well known among the locals, but also the elephants. It is uncommon to see a Baobab tree with out elephant damage to the base of the trunk.

That evening we were fresh on the tracks of a Leopard. Our guide found fresh tracks just out side the bush toilet, our table and it appears he has walked right by the camp. Unfortunately we did not see him; however he did make an appearance out side my tent after the fire. Oh man, there is no way in Hell you could have gotten me out of that tent before sunrise. The night before a Hippo and now this fº

The next morning was crisp and full of activity. As we left camp you could see the shallow layer of fog beginning to burn off as the day progressed. With in 20 minutes we spotted a pack of Hyena¡¦s devouring a dead elephant. It was with out a doubt an incredible sight to see. Not SMELL, but sight. As we approached we all covered our mouths and noses to protect ourselves from such a fowl sent. The hyenas were so engulfed with there breakfast they barely noticed us. Over head the vultures lured and scoped out there next meal, while I sat grinning from ear to ear.
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