I flew for nearly 2 hours at dawn and just couldn’t pick up on Manyari.
We had spent the night on the Chiredzi river and lions were roaring to the east of us and apparently others heard lions calling to the south of Banyini but I didn’t have any joy anywhere.
I did come across this group of 7 White Rhino which was great.
I also saw a Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest with a tiny tiny calf. This is really early for them to be calving.
Having spent as much time as I could looking for Manyari I didn’t get a chance to look for the wild dogs today. Hopefully I’ll have a better luck with both tomorrow.
I later got reports of lions at Sosigi dam. We found the 7 youngsters that had broken away from the Nduna pride with Manyari, resting up at the dam. They were all extremely well fed and chilling out in the shade. As lions do. (No sign of Manyari with them either.)
A warthog ventured to drink but the lions were resting a couple of hundred meters from the water. Even so the one lioness was keen. But by the time she was on the move the warthog was already long gone. She continued down the water to drink and then straight back into the shade.
And so it was one of those days. Yes, I just love what I do and love to be out there, but I also need to be productive for me to be able to maintain this lifestyle and today didn’t help with any of that.
(With technical problems yesterday, I was only able to get today’s Wildcast up now. See “Big, Tall and Small at Hwata”, below.)