This morning’s game drive found Lord and Lady Grum-Peigh back at Kij Kij in search of the lioness and her cubs. They found them in the company of two adult lions. One of them was a young male. They must have been drinking at Kij Kij but by the time they arrived there they were on the Rooiputs side of the WH. They played for a bit and then made their way over the ridge – the opposite way to the previous day.
There was nothing much to see other than kori bustards and other birds further on toward Melkvlei. Then the Earl and Her Ladyship turned around and went to Twee Rivieren to refuel. On the way they had lovely sightings of the smaller things. They saw two yellow mongooses hunting and one caught a mouse! There were also two slender mongoose and the two species didn’t seem to want to share territory.
“What’s that jackal up to,” said Lady G-P He was howling and looking quite agitated. “There must be a cheetah or a lion about – that’s how they behave when they want to get at the left overs from a kill” The jackal was staring into a tree but in spite of a thorough search Lord and Lady G-P couldn’t see anything so they continued on their way.
At Twee Rivieren they filled up then went to the restaurant where they took advantage of the internet access and caught up with emails and messages. The shop had no fresh produce they nipped off to Kgalagadi lodge and bought some cauliflower and broccoli, pattipans, cucumber, tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
The Frend-Leighs decided to pop there too and they met up with them on their way back to TR. The Leighs reported that there was a leopard in a tree between Leeudril and Rooiputs. That’s what the jackal must have been agitating about.
On their return trip to Rooipust they found the site of the leopard but were told by Jan (a young man from the Cheque Republic who was camping on their site) that they’d just missed her in the tree. She’s jumped down and was definitely in the undergrowth under the tree but she was impossible to see. They waited half an hour but it was very hot so they left her in peace with a promise of coming back later.
At Rooiputs waterhole there were 4 Secretary birds.
The late afternoon found them back searching for the leopard. En route they were amused by the meerkats.
There were a number of cars looking into the tree but nobody could see anything. The Earl wanted to move on but Her Ladyship persuaded him to be patient. Finally they were rewarded when all of a sudden the leopard emerged from his hiding place and began moving.
After walking off along the dunes the leopard flopped down for a rest then got up again and disappeared over the dunes.
“Another wonderful ending to a great day,” said Lady G-P