by | May 13, 2021 | Everyday life

10th May

I appear to be in a habit of waking up early so I attempted to make the most of it and go for a run before it gets hot/starts raining. Again I run with one dog at a time, I take the big dog Rafa first all was going well until he sees something and makes a dash for it, yanking me forward down the hill and into the bush. Unbeknown to me my new fancy running watch which was tracking my run decided that I had had a fall and stopped tracking my run to send out an SOS and GPS tracking signal to my next of kin (Charl) to tell him where I was. I get the dog back, get back on the path and continue my run, 20 minutes later I glance at my watch to see ‘GPS tracking signal on’ and realise it has stopped tracking my run and is sending an SOS, I also realise Charl has not come running to my rescue…. So now pissed off that it hasn’t tracked my run properly/completely knackered from running up the hill, I use this as a good excuse to give up and walk the rest of the way home to collect dog number two. 

I came out of the shower to see all three animals staring through the glass front door, I went to investigate and saw a big family of dwarf mongoose playing outside, one was very brave a was coming close to the door to tease the animals. The mongoose live under the house so I look forward to seeing more of them, that is of course if the pets don’t get to them first. 


  • Charl managed to get away from work and we went for our first game drive this afternoon, it was quiet to start but then we spotted a tiny jackal and reversed to get a better look. It was a jackal cub all curled up in the long grass and it was soon joined by two of its litter-mates.

They seemed to be quite tame and were as curious about us as we were about them, they came quite close to the car and were sniffing the air picking up our scent. We spent about an hour or more with them getting some nice photos. That’s the best thing about being on your own with no guest you can sit at a sighting for as long as you want. A lot of guests are just interested in the big five but I like to see the small stuff also. No matter how many times you have been on safari (and I have been on a lot) there is always new stuff to see. I had never seen jackal cubs before, definitely not this close to the car and this relaxed so it was a great afternoon. It was starting to get dark so we headed home. 

Two elephants we saw on our way home

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Natasha Chapman

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    Very good I look forward to reading some more


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