The day after we got our new “truck”, we decided to head into the park. Only thing is it was hands down the windiest day of the year, the kind of wind that shakes you to your core. It took the better part of 2 hours to get our new chariot clean inside and out after our adventurous drive.
You can see the wind blowing on the dunes in the background in the photo below. Seems some animals weren’t too perturbed by all the gusts blowing up and down. They were all to happy soaking up the warmth of the sun and grazing on the long grass, no doubt tickling their noses as it blew left to right.
We followed a lone buffalo for a while and it was interesting to see how he walks and eats – not even stopping to take a bite – a true meal on the run. It almost looked like this fellow suffers from alopecia with his coat all blotchy.
We came across two “teenage” elephant bulls having a little tussle. Not sure it was anything serious but they were testing each other’s resolve and strength and it seemed the smaller of the two was the feistiest running his mate into the bush.
We were reminded of the true wildness in the park when we came across a kudu head and horns with the spinal column still attached. This must have been a large bull looking at his horns. A male kudu’s horns start to grow between the age of 6 and 12 months, twisting once at around 2 years of age, and not reaching the full two and a half twists until they are 6 years old – occasionally they may even have 3 full turns.
On route out we went past a couple of families of meerkat. They were all busily looking around standing up on their hind legs, scanning the horizon for any predators. I wasn’t quick enough to get a decent photo though before they scurried back underground to safety.
We also spotted this bottom jaw which we thought to possibly be from an elephant but aren’t too sure. Do you possibly know what it is from?