Day 9 – October 22

Awake at 6:20, Cape Buffalo nearby – nosy big animals – wandered back into the savannah fairly quickly. Great breakie then off trekking for the morning.

Lots of yellow baboons around this morning – interesting to watch their family activities.

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Dead elephant, the lions are guarding this kill but not eating it yet – they let it ripen so they can get through the skin. Also they are still feasting on the hippo kill from a few days ago. (pics on that later)

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Storks galore with a few vultures thrown in.

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Mommy and baby hippo – baby under a year old.

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Notice how everyone gets along – croc, hippos , storks and other shore birds.

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This hippo thought the crocodile was getting too close to the young hippos so shooed it away.

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Again everyone getting along to be in the water ….. so interesting. The only real predator on the hippo are lions and of course man.

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Highway that goes through the park.

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Young savannah monitor going towards hippo pool for a drink…

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Small hippo pool under bridge

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Just a tad crowded

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Signs for highway – how they enforce the no picture taking if you haven’t paid your fee to get into the park would be interesting…..

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Bushbuck

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Vultures enjoying the lions’ hippo kill…. but not for long…..

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The lions take turns protecting their kill ….. here comes one now along the rim of the bank… the vultures disperse …..

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This one decided it was too much work walking back and forth, decided to just sit by the kill …. an easy way to keep those vultures off their food.

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Family time – just up the bank from the kill, under a shady tree. These babies would be around 3 months old and would be starting to eat some soft solid food ( kidney, intestines etc.)

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Warthog family – again about 3 months old. Tail up means danger and alerts other nearby animals.

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This giraffe is stopping for a snack … blocking the road …. so we wait…. it had a good, long snack before moving off the road.

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Very young baby elephant following Mommy to the spring for a drink.

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Impala grabbing a drink

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Our camp from the savannah

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Scoop of the day – leopard. Meresu was very impressive on this find. He heard monkeys chattering so had us stop and followed their line of sight. We backtracked to a large tree by the road and there it was. It watched us for a few minutes and then decided that was enough – leaped down and was gone in a flash.

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Goliath heron caught some dinner.

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Cape buffalo waiting for us right by the road into our camp….. guess they’ll be around again tonight.

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