Sunday, November 9, 2008

November 9th, 10th

Here are some more pictures-we just woke from a nap. I got to shed one of my sweatshirts and my shirt underneath, so I am down to 1 sweatshirt! Bring on the heat. Still cloudy, and before we got here it was probably pushing 110 degrees, so most of the people here are actually enjoying this. There is a lot we have missed at this location because of the weather, such as the tree top viewing platform and the pool. Just too cloudy, windy and cool.

this is what I saw from my mirror while drying my hair. There were probably 30 or more and very interesting to watch. The male who was out in front, stopped in front of the watering hole(2nd picture) and guarded as the herd passed. Once they all passed safely, he took a drink of water and headed up the rear. They passed by 4 times, back and forth.

Ok I give up-I can load no more, More later..

It is now later..

November 10th

We decided not to do the drive this morning, and David is still sleeping. We leave here at about 10:30 for Inyati. From what we hear there are many animals down there, but really how many more could there possibly be? lol We would love though to see some hyena or wild dog. I hear the dogs are pretty elusive.

I had ostriche last night, and surprisingly not like chicken! It was like beef and very good.

On our drive last night when we stopped for sundowners, we heard a couple roars of lions. So we tracked them and they were the 2 males that went back to daddy. We were on the top of a levy, with another vehicle who pulled up behind us and the lions decided to set up camp in between the 2 vehicles. They truely could care less about us. But they trapped us because we were the 1st vehicle. Our driver started to back up toward them and they finally mozied off. It was awesome to see them on the move. Usually they are napping.

The leopard was there as I had hoped. The cats are definitely my favorite. Very beautiful

Hopefully I will be able to get online at Inyati. Maybe it will even be faster. I don't ask for much. Just some warmth. It was rainy when we woke up this am. It is much warmer now and bearable. Off to Inyati!


Lou Ann said...

Wow wow wow!! I am totally jealous so I guess I'd better go in and look at my sleeping Lexie to remind me why I'm not there with you. Just amazing.

Lou Ann

Gudrun MacDonald said...

Hi Julie,
Checked in with General Air this morning to see that you would be able to fly and not have to go by road due to the weather but they assured me that they would be flying. So I confirmed the ETA with Inyati and hope that you landed safely. Wild Dogs are indeed very rare. They move over vast disctances and only pass through the same area every couple of months. But I hope that you are lucky. Hope you can also get to see some Hyenas and if you don't see them at least hear them at night. They have the most eery laughter. Gives you chills down your spine. Much more frightening than the lions roaring. Well, enjoy your last two nights in "the wilderness" after which you will return to rolling hills and enlish countryside :-) Try not to miss anymore game drives! You can relax and sleep at Lone Creek River Lodge and when you get home!

Gudrun MacDonald said...

To all the friends of Jules:
I did not speak to her myself but she did arrive safely at Inyati and was on a game drive when I phoned on Monday afternoon. She is on her way to Longe Creek River Lodge today, where hopefully I will be able to make contact again with her.