Taking a walk on the wild side!
Trip Start Aug 18, 2007
12Trip End Sep 15, 2007
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After lunch, Emily (fellow volunteer) and I decided to sit outside our tent and catch a few sun rays. I moved our chairs into a prime sun worshiping spot and there we sat contemplating what we'd do if various animals were to walk past. We decided that if an elephant passed by we would just sit and watch it - yeh right! The next minute, I turned around only to see a b****y big baboon sat behind us. I absolutely s**t myself and frantically attempted to unzip the tent and get back inside!!
The game drives so far have been absolutely excellent and every bit as good as I remembered them to be. Have seen loads of elephants, giraffe's and antelope, only saw one lion yesterday but 6 today ready to hunt. Just as we were heading back to the camp we heard that there were 10 spotted near our camp but we didn't see them. Bearing this fact in mind, we had forgotten that some of the Masai working at the camp had offered to take us a walk out to a local river to see if there were any animals there. When we arrived back, there was our friendly Masai "John", waiting to take us out!
Then it was time for the evening drive....again saw lots of the usual suspects. Our driver also took us to Mudanda (means "Strips of drying meat") Rock - apparently this is where the poachers used to climb to dry out the meat, it's so high up the poachers could see if any of the rangers were approaching. This was our second walk on the wild side for the day, as the driver just parked up, got out and climbed up. he gave us the wave that it was all clear so we followed.
Next piece of entertainment was a run-in with an elephant...we were parked up, taking pictures of an elephant that had just crossed the track. Emily was hanging out of the back when suddenly it decided it had had enough and turned and started to come towards us. Our driver decided that it was obviously time to get out of there but on doing this stalled the van! Life started flashing before our eyes as we envisaged getting rammed and Emily assumed crash position on the floor ready for the impact..highly amusing but only after the elephant stopped once we stopped - think it was just giving us a warning to get out of there! Underwear change number three!!
Then, last but not least...at the end of the night, after sitting around the campfire for stories, it was time for our Masai to walk us back to our tent. We were nearly back at the tent when he stopped, asked us to turn off our torches and be quiet . This was change of underwear four because I thought it was the lions back! However it wasn't the lions but right outside our tent, there stood a massive elephant, happily eating from the tree opposite. We were sent back to the fire, while he called for some others and they tried to move it on.
Absolutely amazing, fantastic and breathtaking - what a couple of days!