How does one begin to describe today. It is 2200 as I write which means I have been up over 17 hours so far.
An early rise around 3-30am to get prepared to drive with Anne to Tanda Tula approx 50 km. First Anne navigates the tracks around the estate then open road till we get to the entrance gates to the reserve, a further tarmac road and then a sharp right on to dirt tracks to the meeting point. The meeting point only becomes visible at the last minute tucked in among the bush.
Our land rover is allocated and we set off in a convoy of three. We heard stories from the guide that there had been lions close to the camp last night. The first stop was an instuctional introduction in the life of DUNG BEATLES very David Attenbrough style from Civilised the guide. This took about 15 minutes and then a shout over the land rover comms that a lion kill had happened.
Hold tight was the cry and we set off at top speed to locate the kill at full speed off road trees did not get in the way.
The trackers had followed the tracks from the camp on foot and heard the cries from the downed Buffalo. We stayed here almost an hour as this was not seen very often Anne has lived here decades and never seen a kill.
What followed next was just as awesome Elephants, Rhino, and some wild dogs which apparently are dwindling in numbers with only 5000 left in the wild.
A good hearty breakfast was called for which we took at a bush camp on the river bed – a full english and a few other bits and pieces were taken no calorie count taken but likely off the scale.
Anne had her end of year presentation with her class of ladies which was a good laugh and I have edited them a video.
We departed en route home arriving back around 3-30pm.
Skype with Matthew in midst of a welcome thunder storm on Logan’s birthday.
Today was EPIC.
There may be other words to describe today but what I have witnessed in South Africa takes my breath away and I have so much to come.
It may be a light day tomorrow PHEW!