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.
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)
Storks galore with a few vultures thrown in.
Mommy and baby hippo – baby under a year old.
Notice how everyone gets along – croc, hippos , storks and other shore birds.
This hippo thought the crocodile was getting too close to the young hippos so shooed it away.
Again everyone getting along to be in the water ….. so interesting. The only real predator on the hippo are lions and of course man.
Highway that goes through the park.
Young savannah monitor going towards hippo pool for a drink…
Small hippo pool under bridge
Just a tad crowded
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…..
Vultures enjoying the lions’ hippo kill…. but not for long…..
The lions take turns protecting their kill ….. here comes one now along the rim of the bank… the vultures disperse …..
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.
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.)
Warthog family – again about 3 months old. Tail up means danger and alerts other nearby animals.
This giraffe is stopping for a snack … blocking the road …. so we wait…. it had a good, long snack before moving off the road.
Very young baby elephant following Mommy to the spring for a drink.
Impala grabbing a drink
Our camp from the savannah
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.
Goliath heron caught some dinner.
Cape buffalo waiting for us right by the road into our camp….. guess they’ll be around again tonight.