|Elephants in the early morning sunrise|
|Still full from the day before|
|Nice and close but not really good photo potential|
|Kori bustard - a speciality of the dry plains|
|Plenty of Thompson's gazelles around|
We headed back to the lions we’d seen earlier, and found them in the same position passed out under trees. They definitely didn’t look like they were going to move any time soon, so we carried on down the river.
Since we had information that a cheetah mother
and 5 cubs had been seen in Mawe Meupe 2 days previously, we decided to head
down “Leopard Alley” on our way to the Mawe Meupe picnic site with the idea of
looking for the cheetahs.
We didn’t have to go far however, before we spotted a big clump of cars in the distance. Judging by the amount of cars, we correctly assumed leopard. (Leopards always attract the most cars) But we also assumed that it would be a sighting like the previous day – too far away from the road for any good photos. That was not the case this time around, the leopard was resting in a tree so close to the road that the branches of the tree were almost overhanging on the road – awesome!!
|Leopard in a tree - hoorah!|
We got ourselves into a good position (not easy with the amount of cars around) and then settled in to get a few shots and hopefully get up at some stage. But he was dead to the world with a full belly suggesting he’d eaten not too long ago. He hardly stirred or opened his eyes in the 2 hours that we sat with him, but to have a leopard that close considering the number of times we’d seen them far away, we were very happy.
|A couple of Tawny eagles|
Unfortunately, there was no trace of cheetahs, and after a pretty boring drive, we got to the picnic site. As it was a little early for lunch, there was only one other car there, and we settled at one of the tables to eat while the birds gathered around us hoping for scraps. Just as well we’d got there early as by the time we were ready to leave the place was full of tourists and their packed lunches.
|Red-cheeked cordon bleu looking for scraps|
|Wrong call to leave him...|
|He got down around for a bit|
|Secretary bird settling down for the night|
Day 4: A day of spots >>