I was up early and hoping to find the Wild Dogs to see their progress. Thankfully they returned onto the property after crossing the Chiredzi river 2 weeks ago. However, again it was not to be. At Banyini pan we ran into Manyari drinking, obviously she has still been at that zebra carcass. It was like we had arranged a meeting time and as usual she was not phased by us always in her hair. During the window of her drinking and moving into the shade, a jackall came trotting along not knowing Manyari was around.
He was a little skittish about us being there and he was distracted. On seeing Manyari he stopped dead in his tracks, wondering how to tackle this problem of a lion being in his path. Not to take any chances, he swiftly took the long way round with Manyari giving him an unfriendly glare. When I first arrived on the park I would often do the same when we were heading for the lion, although, this was because Kim had taken a shortcut before I could see him take the turn. So there Mark would go driving along with Kim on the radio, “why you at Banyini?” “Are the lion Banyini?”
Well thankfully now this is a less often occurance. We took a long drive to Nduna dam on the east of Malilangwe with only a few unhappy buffalo to show for it. On Nyari pan a little visitor popped his head up, which is the first time I’ve seen a turtle in any of the pans. It is kind of difficult to tell what type he is as there are over 250 different types of turtles and terrapins in the world. Enough time for one picture and he eased his way back into the pan.
The warthog were also at Nyari lined up like three little pigs. They were brave enough to wallow for a little while with us being nearby. All in all, a quiet day in the wild, but I’m hoping to find the Dogs soon and catch up on the breading heard of Elephant.