This morning the trackers spotted lions
before they found any rhino, so off we went, like a bat out of hell to find the
Herunga quickly found them and
positioned our vehicle for best sun exposure and in a location where we would
least likely get eaten.There were two
females and a young male.They were
lounging under a euphorbia when we got there, but soon stood up into the light
and headed down the hill .One of the
females was pretty thin, and could probably have used a good meal.Luckily, even all together, Herunga, Jeri and
I didn’t look worth the effort.
Next we heard the trackers on the radio
having spotted a couple of rhinos.By
8am, we saw both desert lions and Rhinos.We could relax the rest of the day.
After our early morning Rhino sighting we
spent the rest of the day roaming around Zone 2 with the trackers in a failed
attempt to find a female rhino with a calf.
Mid-day, we joined the trackers for lunch out
in the bush
Followed by continued searching.Though we failed to find more rhinos, we did
see some beautiful terrain,
Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra,
and hundreds o springboks.We learned how springboks got their name.
As the sun began to sink, the landscapes became ethereal and even more beautiful.
Finally, after watching the sun set, we turned back to the camp, a solid
12 hour day.
After dinner, Herunga and I spent about an
hour photographing the phenomenal African night sky.I think that the sky is what Jeri and I will
miss most when we have to leave tomorrow.