Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Bush Day 11

Dreamt of elephants - must have been thanks the the one that went off with his trumpeting all night. Woke up at 4 and dozed until just before 5 when I got up to make us coffee. Today was walk day! At 5:50 we maneuvered around and through the tree to our Landie and then drove off to Olifants North. On our way we were treated to Grumpy Lumpy giving us a trumpet but he was far in so no stress this time!

The walk was guided by an unarmed but knowledgable ranger named James. He took us along the ridge above the old airfield, stopping at various trees, dung and spoor to explain things. Although we didn't see much other than antelope in the distance, the walk is scenic so that makes up for the lack of game. Although: I think it would be so awesome to come across lion or something on the trail! The only thing about this walk is that it is an out and back route which could be improved if they made it a loop. Other than that, it was a nice walk which we all enjoyed. 

After the quick 2.6km walk, we went to friends of mom for brunch where we spoilt to a full breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausages, toast, pawpaw, onions etc. We then chilled on their patio for a while until the heat started and we decided to head home before it got too hot.

Spent the rest of the afternoon watching the elephant, fending off monkeys, reading and snoozing. The afternoon was ended with 2 games of tile rummy before packing up for a short drive.

Our intention with the drive was to go up to the top dams as we had not been there in a few days but someone called in elephant from there so we opted out of that. Fortunately for us, we came across a huge herd of buffalo at spaghetti junction so we watched them then headed to the airstrip where we had a stunning sighting of them. We then meandered past a few dams before slowly heading home.

Whilst eating dinner, we were treated to a huge civet which came to visit. They really are beautiful!

I called it an early night at 8pm as I wanted to read. Plus, we had a log day today and our next visitors arrive tomorrow.

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