17 April 2017

Monday morning started out with clear conditions and a very crisp, winter-like morning! We moved to Argyle Dam and watched the day starting as a mist rose over the dam; here were some nice birds, waterbuck, baboons and hippos around before we tried to repeat yesterday morning’s drive and checked the north towards Buffalo Pan, but other than impala, bushbuck and kudu, there wasn’t too much going on. Hearing that the hyena den was still active, we opted to pop in there again with the new guests and found a family of giraffes along the way. By the time we arrived at the den, only a couple of young ones were still out, but the black ones moved back into the den before we could see them. We passed another group of giraffes and some zebras before stopping for a cup of coffee on the banks of Mbali Dam. Making our way back towards the lodge, we had stopped at a lone elephant bull when we could hear elephants at Argyle Dam, so made our way around and caught them as they were leaving the water, but as they were all making their way towards the riverine areas below the dam, we moved to wait for them and sat and enjoyed as more than 50 elephants came down into the riverbed, right past us and headed off north.

My afternoon drive was a tough one, and we started off checking the north for rhino or signs of the Western Pride, but wow, it was rather dead! We began well, with an elephant as we left the lodge, but it appeared that all the other elephants were at Argyle Dam, so after failing to come up with any sign of anything living in the east (although we did get a herd of zebras on Kudu Pan Clearing), we opted to head towards Argyle Dam where we got rewarded with many elephants in and around the dam, and decided to have a drink at Lover’s Leap with crocodiles, elephant and a distant pod of hippos. We enjoyed some star gazing and a lone hyena, fireflies and passing satellites, but in general it was a quiet afternoon for us. Will have to try again tomorrow.