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Safari - Day 4

This doesn't get old!

sunny 74 °F

This morning started out slowly in terms of finding animals. We have come to joke with Lucky that he calls for animals to be dropped into places, by delivery van, because they are just always there. Not today...we drove quite a bit without easily finding anything. Interestingly we were looking for an elephant. Who knew they could hide!?

A highlight was instead of having breakfast at the lodge we took our breakfast out into the bush. We drove from 7am-9am looking for animals and the only thing we saw was a small group of rhino run across our path. We eventually came to the former airstrip, just a large grassy field, and had our breakfast picnic. It was wonderful, warm and sunny and we all were peeling off layers of fleece and long sleeves. (It gets quite chilly early in the morning especially when driving in an open air Land Rover.)

Tracking did pick up after breakfast and we stayed out quite late on our morning drive tracking a female leopard. She was hunting and Wil is still hoping to see a kill. Sadly (for him) she never chased anything and we headed back in for lunch.

While lunching on the deck overlooking the bush, an elephant walked by. Seriously, a big huge bull (elephant) was walking down the river bed and everyone got up for pictures. The people that work here don't give him a second look but all the guests were up and taking pictures. Elephants just don't walk past our work in MA.

The afternoon was much more successful in terms of animals sightings. We got to see a group of rhinos drinking and they tend to be skittish animals. We drove partially into the river to watch them and when the mama rhino left she called for her kids and they went running after her. If only Wil listened so well....but I guess he doesn't fear being eaten by anything else.

We also followed another pride of lions in hope that they would hunt. They didn't but just moved from one location to another so we moved on.

Finally, we decided to head back to camp and on the way we saw a jackel and a wildebeast on MalaMala's private runway. We had Lucky turn out all the lights on the Land Rover to get a good look at the stars. It was amazing! I have never seen so many stars! The Milky Way looked like a river of stars. It was beautiful! Lucky also taught us to navigate on the southern cross.

It is hard to believe this is our final full day in MalaMala. Tomorrow we are going to go on a short early morning drive before checking out and flying to our next adventure.

Posted by kshunter 12:06 Archived in South Africa Tagged family_travel

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