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Jul15

Notes from the Bush

WRITTEN BY // Erika Jurgensen CATEGORIES // The Inverdoorn Diaries

7 - 13 July

Notes from the Bush

It is the early morning. As usual we departed at about 06:30 in the freezing cold and black darkness, only the moon giving some light. For the first hour, driving around trying to find animal tracks, we did not find a lot. Only a springbok, here and there.

After an hour the sun came out. Light started to rise from the earth – a beautiful sunrise view through the acacia Karoo trees. I continued with my guests on the safari and came across buffalo, zebra, ostrich and a flock of Egyptian geese all in one spot having a drink of water. We counted ourselves lucky, but that was not the whole lucky packet. It gets better.

Nearing the end of the safari, as we came around the one corner, we spotted the female cheetah between the bushes stalking a herd of springbok on the left side of the road. I stopped and explained to the guests about the springbok. As I turned my head to the springbok on my left, the two male elephants came out the bush heading to the waterhole to have a drink of water. It was a beautiful sighting that I will never forget. Later on they played in the water and pushed each other around. We thought that was all, but...

...In the far distance a group of giraffes came walking over the horizon. They were also on their way to the waterhole to have a drink with the two gentle giants. It was one of my best sightings.

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Erika Jurgensen

Erika Jurgensen is a game ranger at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge.

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