Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
51Trip End Ongoing
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In the afternoon we did a regular safari in jeeps before reaching our bush camp. We saw a lot of beautiful birds (great for Troy, the ecologist on our trip who specializes in birds) and great for us (because Troy was able to identify the birds for us). We did not see any mammals though. We were just about to head back to the campsite when we heard Cort yell from the back of the jeep, "STOP". Well, me being me, looked out the side of the jeep, saw the cat and thought it was a cheetah. I don’t know why but I cannot seem to properly tell the difference between cheetahs and leopards. It became a running gag on the trip, with a 50% chance, I would invariably get it wrong. Needless to say it was a LEOPARD so we spent some time watching him relaxing under the tree about 10 metres from our jeep. It was funny, you think that the cats would be more interested in the jeeps but they really aren’t. They look at you like they would not even give you the time of day. Oh well, I guess that is something that runs in the feline family, I swear my cat gave me that look all the time!
We then headed back to our primitive bush camp for dinner and campfire. The night was very clear and we spent a great night stargazing and enjoying the sounds of the African jungle. It was amazing to be so close to nature, although I must admit, we were all a bit worried when our bush guide warned us to go the toilet in the night in pairs. Lions will only attack if a person is walking alone. YIKES! But fortunately we all survived until the morning and headed off on our safari out of the park and towards Namibia.