Day 4 October 14th

Lots of animals around last night – after supper the Masai walking us back to our tent stopped and then with his flashlight showed us an elephant 10 meters away, then a few meters further showed us a baby impala sleeping under a bush – neat.

Up and having breakie by 7 am. Mommy and baby hippo eating breakfast also across the river.

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Then out for our morning bush safari hoping to see more elephants travelled mostly between the main road and the river – interesting stuff. Lots of birds, a sleeping civet (WOW !!) in an hollow at the base of a tree, a dwarf mongoose, lots of giraffes, impala, warthogs and waterbuck.

Its a find the animal picture for the civet – you can hopefully find the body by the fur colouring and also 1 ear sticking up.

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We found a dead impala by the road. Both Charles and Rajabu looked it over carefully no signs of bite marks and no signs of a struggle so they felt it was a natural death.

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We found 2 sleeping female lions – they certainly weren’t bothered by us. One pic to give you perspective on how close we got.

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Giraffes

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We went back to the dead impala 2 hours later after a short rain shower. The vultures were just arriving – I never realized that vultures cannot fly in the rain – can’t get wet. That is why their scavenging was delayed today. Shortly after we arrived the 2 hyenas showed up also. They were very warry of the vehicles but still chased the vultures and storks away and took the impala for themselves – it was back and forth for a while but as we left the hyenas once again took the carcass away.

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More live impala.
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Returned to camp for 1 pm lunch, decided as it was our last afternoon in this camp to take it easy. Packed, went to the pool and napped for a quiet afternoon in camp.

Supper at 8 as usual – unusual dessert – a skewer of fruit. The “skewer” is a small piece of branch from the whistling accacia tree.

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