Out in Africa travel blog

We were awakened during the night by a loud animal noise. They told us in the morning it was a hyena and that it was very close. Because we are the only ones at camp we are able to have a hot breakfast before heading out.

Our first sighting this morning was a leopard in a tree with its kill, a gazelle. A hyena was hanging around below waiting for some crumbs. Once the hyena left, the leopard came down and started eating. It then climbed into another tree taking its catch with it. Again the hyena was back looking for something to drop.

Saw a baby croc, about 3 months old. It really looked small compared to the giant one we saw in the Mara River.

We saw 2 lions lying on a hill, one started to circle a Reedbuck, but it took off and the lion returned back to the hill.

Able to see a hippo get out of a pool of water and move over to another. It has not been very common for us to see them out of the water.

We came upon 2 baby warthogs today that had been abandoned, mother was probably killed. We doubt they will survive the night.

The leopard sighting has now brought us to having seen Africa's Big 5 - Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. What makes them the Big 5? They are ferocious and have value to a hunter.

Our lion count for today was 30 sightings.

Talked to the manager at our camp, Sero 4. There are 5 staff members. Tales 11/2-2 days to take the camp down and pack everything in the truck; it takes 2-3 days to set up.

Totals 54/86 animals from list, 15 not on list

New Sightings: Leopard, Tawny Eagle, Greater Flamingo

Repeat Sightings: Lion, Spotted Hyena, Cheetah, Black Backed Jackal, Banded Mongoose, Baboon, Croc, Topi, Thompson Gazelle, Elephant, Hippo, Zebra, Warthog, Giraffe, Reedbuck

Birds: Red Billed Teal, Black Smith Plover, Kestrel, Superb Starling, Ostrich, Egyptian Goose, Guinea Fowl, Secretary Bird, Sacred Ibis, Black Smith Plover

ANIMAL TRIVIA: Crocodile- once eggs start to hatch female brings babies down to water. Sex of crocodile depends on outside temperature - less than 31C and greater than 36C will be female, in between will be male. Babies have only 15% survival rate.

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