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7th Day - 22 August, 2010

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7th Day - 22 August, 2010

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7th Day – 22 August, 2010

This day dawned clear and not so cold.  We didn’t need our hot water bottles, but the blankets were still appreciated for the first hour or so.  We were treated to another beautiful sunrise

and a small group of wildebeest just off the driveway.  Off to one side and all by himself, was this lone male

and I remember thinking, “I wonder if that’s Lonesome George?”  (Lonesome George was a male wildie who hung out around the water hole for a couple of years, always seeming to be by himself.) 

We headed back down the main road towards Gowrie Gate and found this very old male Giraffe.

Jason was talking to us about him, telling us how old he was and that he had probably lost one of his horns in a fight, when suddenly he got a radio call which sent us flying back down the road toward Nkorho again.  He wasn’t telling us anything, just concentrating on his driving, while we were all concentrating on staying in our seats!  When we got near to the water hole, suddenly he slowed, then stopped, and gave us a look at this beautiful Brown Snake Eagle.

While we were oohing and aahing over the bird, Jason was listening very carefully to what was going on on the radio, and suddenly we were on the move again, to where, only Jason knew.  Suddenly we were looking at a pretty incredible sight.  There in front of us, scattered over a fairly large area were 4 male Cheetah!!

Since, as I said, they were scattered, I didn’t get any group shots.  (Not to worry, the group shots will come!)

Since they were moving, and attracting a great deal of attention from a host of game drive vehicles, we were only able to stay on them for less than 5 minutes, then we had to back off and give others their turn.  These last two shots were as we were leaving.

We hung around for about an hour, not too far away, hoping to get another opportunity to spend more time with them, and sure enough, around 8:30 the word came down that we could move back in for a second viewing.

This time, they were all laying around in the shade with what appeared to be very full stomachs, so we assumed they had eaten well the previous night.

Occasionally one would get up and change position,

then lie back down.  It seemed that one of them was alert and head up, almost all the time, as if on sentry duty.

We were able to stay with them for about 20 minutes this time.  We found out that they were 4 brothers who had just recently been seen, moving into this area.  For the sake of all those who come after us, I hope that they will stay around for a while, since they are a sight to behold.  We were extremely fortunate to see this many Cheetah together, a very rare sighting.

I was able to get one picture, which is probably the best of the whole trip.  Jen captured exactly the same thing on the video camera, and she can be heard whispering, “Eyes on Eyes”.   Hence, that became the very apt title for this picture.

Later, on our way back to the lodge we came across a pair of Egyptian Geese.  This one was really quite handsome, and I decided to include him in the blog.  Actually, though we see them all the time at the water hole, we don’t often get to see how really beautiful they are.

After lounging around the lodge through the middle of the day, Jason drove us down to the waterhole so that we could wave to friends and family on the cam.  Click HERE for a bit of video that Morris recorded off the Nkorho camera.

While we were there we snapped a pic of the camera tree……………….

and “Old Faithful”.

Old Faithful is the skull of an old buffalo who died near the waterhole a couple of years ago.  He’s become a bit of a symbol to Africammers.  From time to time, he’s disturbed by giraffe who lick the skull for it’s calcium.  When this happens, one of the rangers will put him back where he belongs.

As we drove back to the lodge we got this nice shot of the lodge, deck and pool.

As soon as the afternoon drive started, we got one more opportunity to spend a little time with our new Cheetah friends.  We found them, lying in the shade, taking their afternoon nap.  (As opposed to their morning nap which we saw earlier.)

Cheetah don’t sleep as much as lions, but if their bellies are full, they spend a fair amount of time resting.  As the world’s fastest mammal, they expend a tremendous amount of energy pursuing their prey, and therefore need to recharge their batteries after a kill.

The rest of the drive was quiet, with not much seen except this male waterbuck, who was watching us watch him.

And so, with another beautiful sunset,

our last full day at Nkorho came to an end.  If this wasn’t our best day, so far, it was very close!  It’s just not that often that we get to have three separate opportunities to spend time with one of Africa’s scarcest and most beautiful animals.



Wildebeest                                                                  Giraffe

Cheetah                                                                       Impala




Brown Snake Eagle                                                    Egyptian Geese

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Ingwe's picture

Oh, Roger. Absolutely

Oh, Roger. 

Absolutely stunning pics

If I saw those cheetah, I would have needed a bag to breathe into Eye-wink

Thankyou so much!


Dawning's picture

I think this is one of the

I think this is one of the best blogs I've seen so far.  It was like being there except I did not get to see the animals actually breathing and looking at me. Just thinking about those cheetah's eyes looking at me gives me goose bumps. 

You caught the atmosphere of the place, Roger. No one could ask for a better pictorial trip.  I hope you take another trip sometime soon and give us another treat with your pictures and comments. Thank you and Jen so much. 


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janirry1958's picture

And again I thank you Roger,

And again I thank you Roger, as I feel I have been there with your blogs and pics.

Great job, ty for sharing them with us.


RogerH's picture

Thank you Ruby, and welcome

Thank you Ruby, and welcome to Africam!

Member of the All Critters, Large And Small (Except Olive Toads) Fan Club. Seen so far, ellie, rhino, buffalo, zeb, wildee, baboons, warthogs, giraffe, impala, lion, kudu, hyena, jackal, monkey, mongoose, leopard, hippo, lots of birds.

Ruby's picture

I'm really just a lurker on

I'm really just a lurker on the message board, but I had to pop in to thank you for your wonderful blog.  You have a real talent for description, and your photographs are stunning!  Thank you for sharing your incredible experiences with us.  I'm enjoying it all immensely!

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Donna, trust me, I'm

Donna, trust me, I'm enjoying this as much as or more than you are.  Going through the process is like being there again.   Also it's forcing us to document the trip, so that we won't ever forget any of the details. 

Member of the All Critters, Large And Small (Except Olive Toads) Fan Club. Seen so far, ellie, rhino, buffalo, zeb, wildee, baboons, warthogs, giraffe, impala, lion, kudu, hyena, jackal, monkey, mongoose, leopard, hippo, lots of birds.

donnabac's picture

Another memory making day,

Another memory making day, Roger. The "Eyes on Eyes" pic is one of a kind. I enjoy your way of putting it all together. Thank you for taking the time to share Smiling


Fani's picture

Simply ...Congrats ..for

Simply ...Congrats ..for your great work on this blog ...

When you start you can't stop !!!....This must be the trip of a life ...You were lucky to see all those sightings ..but you deserve it you shared them with all us ...THANKS again...

Mavis's picture

I'm not jealous - not a

I'm not jealous - not a bit  Smiling

Wonderful pics and story to go with them as always Roger.


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