Hi, Fern signing in; today is Saturday 4th September and…
Hi, Fern signing in! My first blog – be impressed, it has only taken me six months to get around to creating it, on this momentous day, 22nd September 2010!
We are enjoying half-term and have arrived back home at Imanga, our Nature Reserve. As it is spring in Africa all of the chalets are occupied, mainly by Australian and American visitors. Isaac, one of our game-rangers, took a group of tourists on a game-drive today and Nao and I went with. The bush is still sparse as we had a harsh winter but we awoke to sunny skies. We went out about 4pm and our first stop was the river.
The buffalo in the photo to the left, our first sighting, looks angelic but don’t be deceived by his saintly face! Isaac, who has trained eyes, spotted the herd lying peacefully in the grass. They are, however, scary when you are sitting in a tree looking down on them and they keep eye-balling you, willing you to fall, so that they can have the pleasure of trampling you! Our first adventure, if you can call it that, happened over the Easter holidays, (described in the book ‘The Hunted’); Philemon, Sam, Nao and myself slept in two (Photo, taken by Janet Dubbelman) massive trees ALL NIGHT until they decided to leave us alone and ambled to the river to drink water. We scrambled down those trees quickly and walked as fast, and as quietly as possible, in our haste to get away from the two old grumps.
Isaac started the vehicle as soon as ………..Mr Curious! Decided it might be fun to check us out – I think the tourists were relieved!
Just before our Easter break a herd had killed two lion cubs and injured another. My mother, as you will know if you have read extracts from the website, is a veterinarian. She nursed the tiny female back to health; such a sweet-natured cub, but we are not allowed to play with her now, as at 6 months old, she looks fully grown. Our (Photograph by Janet Dubbelman)
Nature Reserve believes in rescuing injured animals, and then once they are healthy, re-introducing them gradually into the wild with a pride of other rescued lion cubs, from Reserves around us that share our policy of ‘rescue and re-introduction’.
We started to head back to the camp as the sun set in darkened skies. Clouds had set in and it looked as if a storm was brewing.
We did see other animals on our game-drive but I will tell you more about that tomorrow.
Good-bye for now, Fern signing out…sleep well xx