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ON SAFARI WITH ANDREAS FOX SAFARIS
We'd spent the previous evening with elephants. Herds had been coming and going below us and then, in the fading light, one of the herds began roaring, trumpeting and surrounding its calves in a defensive formation. I trained my binoculars on the commotion, about a kilometer away. I could make out some dark creatures, just keeping out of trunk reach. Their white tails conspicuous in the darkness. "Wild dogs!" They were gone as quickly as they had appeared, only briefly harassing the elephants. I think my guests were still perplexed at my excitement, unfortunately they hadn't been able to make out the tormentors.
The next morning, while following up on roars of a lion that had serenaded us all night, we parked atop a hill to enjoy the view of Mount Kenya at sunrise and to listen and scan Borana's southern sector. I was looking at a herd of over 200 buffalo when one of my group, looking in the opposite direction said, "Andreas, there are animals here, they look like dogs, white tails..." I swung round in a frenzy only to get a glimpse of the distant pack sprinting off over a ridge.
We decided to stay on our hill, just in case that lion piped up, or if the dogs reappeared. Our patience was rewarded. In fact, I doubt I will ever have another game drive like it.
The dogs had turned around and in the space of 20 minutes made their way straight up the hill towards us. We knew of a cheetah that had been seen in the area and suddenly, there he was, on the next hill, now wary of the dogs. While trying to keep up with the different creatures, a lone bull Black rhino rocked up, nonchalantly sauntering through the plains behind us. We divided responsibility, each in charge of keeping an eye on a different species. I was focused on the cheetah when I made out some movement in the plain behind him. The lion! There he was, on a march towards some shade, the sun was now getting quite hot. In the distance behind him, a herd of elephants.
To be sat in one spot with visual of so many iconic creatures, simply ridiculous. I doubt that will ever happen again.