K: The usual suspects provide the backdrop: hundreds of Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, impala (tasty snacks for leopards), thousands upon thousands of zebra (constant companions of wildebeest who are in the middle of their annual so-called Great Migration), cheeky little warthogs munching away on their knees, herds of elephant, and of course the vultures constantly cruising overhead in search of a not-so-fresh kill. Soon we find a beautiful leopard up a tree with its impala kill, as usual quite unfazed by a cluster of jeeps beneath. If she can drag her meal up a tree, the lions and hyenas can’t nick it. Three cheetahs lounge nonchalantly under a lone shady tree.
K: The sites keep coming. There are 2,500 lions in the area, and soon we are finding plenty of them. Impressive males here typically seem to have 3 to 4 females in tow, often with a single cub. Eland, the largest antelope weighing in at a ton, are very much in evidence (15,000 of them). Topi are an attractive antelope with brown/blue/yellow colouring (40,000 of those). Huge herds of buffalo wander around, usually appearing somewhat grumpy. There are 8,000 giraffe. Ostrich wander about, often in pairs but we also see a group of eleven. Apparently, they can crush you with just one wing. Jackals prowl about picking up mongoose and tasty francolin. And of course, there are numerous birds – marabou storks, saddlebill storks, lilac crested rollers, bateleur eagles, yellow-bellied falcon, black-bellied bustard, and hadada ibis that make an almighty racket when returning home to roost. The list goes on and on.