It’s that time of year…but more so! It seems that this year is drier in some places than the previous few years. We’ve just spent a few days in Natron and found a couple of dead Zebra. The grass is in short supply and the water is far away. Yesterday we saw the first of the dead cattle around the boundary area of Mwiba.
As far as we can see, there are only a few springs in Mwiba still with water. Yesterday afternoon we took our sundowners and sat at one of the few remaining waterholes and about four herds of Buffalo came to drink. They knew we were there, but they came anyway…they were just desperate for water and too tired and thirsty to care about us.
Lots of elephants too. It’s crazy. None of the animals run away, they’re just too tired!
Oh, and the elephants are grumpy and everywhere…so many of them and they are breaking trees to get at the green leaves on the top. Hundreds and hundreds of trees. They always do that, but, it just seems like more than I have seen before.
Of course, all this makes for the most amazing wildlife encounters.
Yesterday, we found a large male Leopard sitting at a waterhole in the mid-afternoon. Later he walked off, followed by a herd of Cokes Hartebeest (Kongoni) who had decided that it was better to keep their enemy in sight.
He led us straight to his tree where he had stashed an Impala kill. So, we were able to sit and watch him feed until it got dark.