Bob and Annie on Safari travel blog

Sunrise as we head out from camp

Very different scenery here - more jungle than savannah

Open-billed stork



Openbill on a forage for branches for a rather large nest

Spotted by a hyena

Um, excuse me? Can we go through please?


Up at 5:30 to get ready for breakfast drive by torchlight. Our walk to the lodge at 6:15 could only be described as “first light”. We wouldn’t have ventured out unaccompanied in other camps but the size of the camp, location of staff quarters (along our path) made us less concerned about the possibility of animals in camp. The noise through the night supported this as we only heard hippos snorting and splashing as they entered the water.

Game drive off to a slow start, plenty of nice birds but very few animals. Stephen and Severine also told us that animals here were more timid as we were in a Game Reserve not a National Park, and as hunting occurs on the other side of the river the herd animals are scared of man. The further we moved away from the camp the better the animal viewing became.

Great sunrise on the move and breakfast was served mid-morning with lunch a little later than normal – both in open spaces where our guides could keep a wary eye.

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