June 27th 2012:
We got up at 5 a.m. less excited then the previous morning but still managed to get things together and make it to the gate as it opened at 6 a.m. We seemed to be off to another flying start as we came upon a group of large male elephants having an early morning snack in the trees on the side of the road. After the initial sighting things dried up as we had a couple hours of nothing but a few impala, and birds here and there. Around 10 a.m. things finally picked up a little as we found a hippo and a small croc with their noses just above the water. From there we headed back towards lunch/toilets, and when you have to go to the bathroom you seem to run into everything. First a herd of elephants about 15-20 strong, with a slightly aggressive male who made us keep our distance, since there were a number of young ones weaving there way in and out between the adults legs. As we continued back a strange sight we hadn’t encountered yet appeared. An initial group of 15-20 vultures, and other birds of prey were perched in two trees side by side. The longer we waited the more the group swelled. Up until about 50-60 birds, with 3 different species of vultures, and a handful of other birds of prey in the trees and circling above. It was a sight to be seen that was difficult to capture in the car.
After lunch, full, and still a bit tired from the day before, and with no intentions of being even remotely close to being late we perched ourselves at a watering hole and waited for the show to come to us. It came in the form of a hippo, an elephant, a fish eagle, wooly storks, and a giraffe, which had two tiny hooves of a baby giraffe poking out the back end of her. We watched and waited intently hoping we would witness a giraffe giving birth. She stuck around and we watched for about 2 hours of which no progress was made. The giraffe a relatively young female, didn’t seem to be giving any heed to the body parts hanging out of her. She kept on grazing and we eventually lost sight of her as she disappeared into the trees.