Our second full day on safari again started at 5:00 am! It was far too early but the excitement of what we could see woke me up. Again, I quickly got ready, covered myself in sun cream and mosquito repellent and was ready for our morning game drive.
We headed out and again, guess what the first animal we saw was?!
The giraffe are everywhere!!!
Anyway, remember I said we were tracking the lions the previous day? Well, quite soon in to our drive another car from one of the other safari lodges had found the lions. So we quickly drove round to find them. They were really tucked away right at the edge of the reserve! For a while I thought I wasn’t going to see lions here, but thankfully we found some!
See the cubs look almost black? Yeah that’s blood. We could hear them eating away at something, but sadly we couldn’t get to it to see the kill!
We spent quite a long time just watching the lions before trying to find some more animals. This morning the animals were obviously awake and before long we found 2 white rhino having fun in the mud.
This was the only point of the safari that I got a bit nervous! They came so close to the car, but thankfully they weren’t interested and just walked on by.
We then came across 2 wildebeest. They are the most bizarre looking animals!!!!
After the Wildebeest Kyle and Joe picked up the tracks for something. They worked out which area it was in and told us to keep an eye… but they didn’t tell us what we were looking for. They just told us it was something exciting… far more exciting than the elephant I pointed out! I had to admire their bravery though as Kyle and Joe ventured off in to the bush at one point to try and find any more signs of what we were looking for.
Eventually they let on that they’d picked up the tracks of a female cheetah and her 4 cubs. I immediately got excited! After an hour or so of searching with the help of another lodge we had to give up for the morning. It was getting too hot anyway so they’d be unlikely to move anywhere now until later in the day. So we headed back for breakfast.
After breakfast we again sat around in the communal area watching the waterhole, but very little came to drink today. It was too hot. It was around 35 degrees in the shade…. I think this picture that my mum took says how I found the heat!
Anyway, very little came to the waterhole, but we did have 2 Nyala come and drink from the swimming pool today which was funny! At least they didn’t get in the pool!
Around 3pm we had our late lunch and were tucking in when one of the other safari guides came over and told us there was a large herd of buffalo at the water hole drinking and sitting in the water! It was typical that we’d spent all day sitting there watching and the moment we left another animal turned up!
I’d now ticked off 4 of the 5 Big Five (the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot). The last one remaining was a leopard. A couple of hours before our afternoon drive two of the people who had arrived that afternoon told us they’d seen a leopard just lazing by the side of the road on their way in. Kyle knew exactly where they were talking about so we headed off to try and find this leopard…. Sadly it had gone by the time we got there and I didn’t get to tick off all of the big five. 😦
But we did see some more Impala!
Anyway, we got back on the case of the cheetah. We were searching and before long the call came in from another car that they’d found her. Usually, to protect the animals they only let 2 (maximum 3 if the space is really open) cars in at a time. Since we were the first car to start tracking the cheetah that morning we had “priority” to go in and see it. I think Kyle had heard that the cheetah looked like they were about to head off again, so he drove so quickly to get us there to see them. It was amazing!
At first we only saw a small glimpse of them peeking out from the top of the grass and I was worried that was all we were going to see of them.
But then they got up and moved. It was amazing to see. Although I took loads of photos I actually just sat there and watched the animals without the camera, occasionally looking through the binoculars.
It was incredible. There right in front of us the fastest land mammal in the world. Along with 4 healthy cubs.
Before long they’d disappeared back in to the bushes, and I couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for the cars that were just turning up to see her.
After the cheetah guess what we found…. More giraffes!
After sundowners we didn’t find any more animals the rest of the evening and headed back to camp, pretty smug that we’d seen a cheetah and ready to wind Dad up that I’d seen one and he hadn’t.
Find my other South Africa posts here:
Part 1 – Arriving in Cape Town
Part 2 – V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Two Oceans Aquarium & Cape Wheel
Part 3 – Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap & Camps Bay
Part 4 – Simon’s Town & Seal Island
Part 5 – Penguins, Baboons, Ostrich & Cape Point
Part 6 – Kirstenbosch & Chapman’s Peak
Safari 1 – Safari Experience, Wild Dogs & Sunsets
Safari 2 – Giraffe, Elephants, Hippos & More
Safari 3 – Lions, Cheetahs & More
Safari 4 – Birds, Baby Zebra and Lions