Sausage Tree Camp
Trip Start Jun 24, 2012
13Trip End Jul 31, 2012
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Day 2 at sausage tree started off with an early morning drive. The boys chose to sleep in and Ellie mike and I saw many great things including very young baboons (maybe a month old), an elephant who lost half of his trunk, and a pride of 6 lions. George is an amazing guide who has so much knowledge to share with us. After lunch we headed out to try our hand at fishing for tiger fish. Ellie had the first bite and almost reeled Ina fish about 12 lbs followed by both boys losing about 8 lb ones. Then they each caught a fish with Ellie having a 3 lb Liam next with 4 and John last (interrupting our sundowner drink)with a 5 lb tiger fish. We then went on a short night drive, looking for our elusive spotted friend the leopard (no luck) and were surprised with a lovely bush dinner. Here we saw the brightest shooting star any of us have ever seen which was accompanied by one of the best cups of hot chocolate
Day 2 of the camp had us leaving Ellie to game drive with another car, and the 4 of us heading out with George on a walking safari (kids need to be 16- George felt the boys were capable) we had our armed guard Frances who packed the heat if any problems. It was a really cool walk with no big game to see but so many little things that we were taught. The boys loved making rope out of tree bark, we did a whole bunch of tracking animals and learning about so many cool things. We were then whisked off for a lunch on the sandbar along the river. A fantastic BBQ lunch served with Pimm's! That afternoon we did a boat cruise/sundowner and dinner back at our house so Ellie could go to bed early.
Our last day here we were woken up at 5:30 to have a bush breakfast out in the park and watch the sunrise. We did a game drive following the tracks of a large lion pride but we couldn't find them. After lunch we headed off for another fishing trip. Within minutes John hooked something huge! At one point George thought it was a hippo. After lots of work by John and much excitement he pulled in a 45lb cat fish! It was so much fun. Liam followed with a 7 lb catfish. Wasn't in the cards for Ellie but she had a bunch of bites. We watched our last sunset and enjoyed our last sundowner. We then headed out for an evening game drive and saw a civet cat, 2 honey badgers (which thrilled the boys as they are the bravest animals) and another mock charge by a bull elephant.
This morning we packed up and took the boat down river to the airstrip. When we took off I actually cried as we flew over the land and water for the last time calling out elephant, buffalo, hippo etc. we have loved our time here and can't wait to come back!