Very occasionally it is difficult for the ranger out on game drive to compete with the sightings right in camp. And one day this week was just one of those exceptional days. First there was an old buffalo bull (a “dagga boy” as we call them) that settled very close to camp in the evening, providing a good but nerve-wracking sighting. Later that evening the guests in the hide were entertained by a young female leopard (the sub-adult cub of our resident female Twin Spots). Her paw almost touched a civet before he made his escape, emitting his stinking odour, then she just managed to contain herself from striking a porcupine (not a wise move) before she went off exploring through the camp like the juvenile she is. Then next morning the guests were treated to a visit by a big bull elephant, Mbabati, who casually passed by the tents at some 10m and then went for a long drink at our waterhole.
Three of the Big Five without even moving out of camp!