“Walking trails are all about using the senses and absorbing oneself in all the small thing’s in the bush”, I explain to my South African guest Suzie and her friend Linda who is visiting from the UK. Both ladies are really keen to experience a walking trail.
So after morning drive we park the Land Rover down in the Mabrak river, go through the all important safety briefing and head off to look for interesting smaller things, we think…
Thanks very much Suzie for the great pictures!
This is a unique blog because circumstances don‘t usually allow for walks to be documented.
Usually we would avoid him but what makes this situation different is that the wind, terrain and cover are all in our favour as well as some very obedient, well behaved and willing fellow trailists!
We view him for a while and take some pictures without him even knowing and then when the wind swings a little he smells something and lifts his head. This is our cue to back off without him seeing us and without disturbing him, a really thrilling encounter.
We then circle back to the vehicle and find a rather large surprise waiting for us close to the Land Rover!
Wisely we choose to loop around so the wind is in our favour and watch him for a while without him seeing us…hoping for him to move off in the opposite direction…time goes on…and on…and on…we wait! He will move when he is ready in HIS time!!
So just as we think he is heading the other way, THE WIND CHANGES and he picks up our scent and comes over to investigate!! Left with no choice I have to show myself to him, making sure the guests are in a safe position and send him on his way.
Reunited with our Land Rover we head back to camp with big smile and a little adrenalin still flowing!