The game viewing had been pretty impressive the last few days, and I was hoping like mad that it would continue, despite the gloomy conditions. When lions started roaring close to the camp just before game drive, I had a feeling that things would be good today! That being said, my intention was to go to the west to see the wild dogs at their new den, and not to search for the lions, but as the two Western Pride males were basically on our access road when we left camp, I had to join Robynne in the sighting, and we followed as the two boys missioned to the north-east. The limping male was walking perfectly, and the skinny male that was mating last month was looking in a much, much better condition than he was when we last saw him. After some time with them, we left to give Brad and his guests a view and carried on towards the wild dogs. We passed impala, kudu, zebras and giraffe along the way before arriving to find the pups running around a bit, with only half of the pack of adults having stayed behind at the den whilst the others were out hunting; the pups soon settled and only stirred slightly when one adult returned, but as the hunt wasnt successful, there was no real enthusiasm from anyone, and no one even noticed when the next adult arrive a few minutes later; in fact, not one of them even noticed the adult hyena sniffing around at the den, but based on the fact that it was battered and bruised, I can only assume that the wild dogs had already dealt with that individual at an earlier point in time. The gloomy conditions eventually brought a little bit of a drizzle, and it put pay to our idea for a coffee stop, so instead we visited a site where Ntima male leopard had an impala kill on the main tar road, but as he was on the Klaserie side, and not very visible, we didnt stay long. The Western Pride had been on the tar road during the morning too, not too far from the Motswari turnoff, so we decided to try our luck, but they too had decided to venture into Ingwelala and we could only see them in the riverbed about 80m to the north of our boundary. Luckily, we had wild dogs, and another pack of five wild dogs were found running around in front of the lodge and we caught up with them just east of the camp as they moved around calling for a lost pack member; it was the Investec pack from Kruger, and they had fed in the morning based on their red faces. We closed down after another good drive! Our bush walk was an exciting affair with a giraffe bull and a herd of twenty odd elephants near the lodge.
The good run had to end sometime, and it appeared that for me, it was this afternoon! We were checking to the north-east for rhinos, but started with spending time with the elephants that had been in front of the lodge during lunch. The Western Pride were still lying in the Hamerkop riverbed, but just too far away to make it worth sticking around. The male lions vanished, and we couldnt find any tracks to follow up on, and there was no sign of any rhino either, so we settled for a much needed drink before carrying on in search of any life, but it just wasnt happening for us today. Elsewhere Ntima male leopard had arrived at Voël Dam, the wild dogs gave another good sighting at the den, and the hyenas were also active. That being said, we still had an enjoyable afternoon and a great evening around the boma fire as the temperatures dropped with the clearing clouds.