We get an early start on our first full day on safari. Our wake-up call is a man calling “hello, hello?” into our tent before sunrise. He leaves us with a tray of hot coffee to sip on as we rub the sleep out of our eyes and collect our gear for the day.
Chef John in making eggs to order this morning but we forgo this in favour of toast and fruit. The animals are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, plus the light for photos is best, so it’s important not to waste any time. Stanford is waiting for us, our packed lunches stowed, so we don’t have to double back for lunch.
We saw lots of Thompson’s gazelles the day before, but it’s only today that I notice that their tails constantly wag rapidly back and forth, seemingly never stopping. It’s charming, and I promise myself to take a video the next time we find a big herd.
We spend the day finding more firsts; Our first warthog, bushbuck and several more birds.
As the afternoon wears on, we find a lion and her two cubs. Lucky for us, the cubs are in a playful mood. We watch them for almost an hour as they climb on mom and play hide and seek with each other.
Our story at dinner for ‘best thing we saw today’ is when one of the cubs tried to get the mom to play by tugging on her tail.