Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Christmas etc.

Gill and Eddie arrived on the 22nd and we had a great time with game drives, cheetah walk and finding one of Tasha's favourite leopards, Honey-thorn and her cub Ximenia.

We had Christmas dinner on the night of the 24th at Tasha and GP's house with roast turkey etc.  We all ate and drank too much but it was fun.  Vlasta and I drove to the lodge on Christmas afternoon to spend some time with Gill and Eddie and while sitting on the deck in front of the lodge we had 17mm of rain and the dam filled up about 2 metres.  We had to detour around a flowing river to get home that evening.

This morning we drove past Bull Frog Pan and all the bull frogs were out!

Rain coming!
Black Rhino

Cheetah on the walk

Viewing the cheetah resting

Watching a leopard

Honey-thorn and Ximenia

Zebra snake - part of the cobra family.
Double-banded Sand Grouse.

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

Tawny Eagle

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Some additional photos

Elephant Trunk


Lion Pair

Grey Heron landing

Male Lion

Lion sheltering from the heat

Eland Bull

Elephant Trunk


Rock Martins

Elephant Bull at the restaurant

Bull elephant at the retaurant

Stripe-bellied Sand Snake

Mountain Zebra on Dik Dik Pass


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

African Wild Dog

The wild dogs were around the lodge today and the Alpha Male walked past the restaurant today.

Monday, 12 December 2016


Had a lovely thunderstorm this evening and the dam at the lodge is filling!  Crocs and hippos are enjoying it with the wild dogs eating a wildebeest by the water.
Erindi has had 3 years of drought in the last 4 years. Keith was at Erindi when a previous drought broke 4 years ago so hopefully the rain will continue and the dams will fill completely.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Car and Roads

On Thursday we finally got the car licensed so we are now the legal registered owners of the car, well at least Tasha is.
Keith had spent some time on updating the Erindi road maps and has included contour lines to help create new roads that follow contours to prevent erosion.
We went to map some new roads today (Saturday) and found a big male lion lying in the shade of a tree in the midday heat. This lion had an injured foot from a recent fight with another lion but is still fat and is capable of hunting to feed himself.
Internet is still shocking so no photos as yet.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Back in Erindi

We eventually got the car on Tuesday afternoon and returned to Erindi. We still have to register the car on Omaruru on Thursday and then all will be done except the airbags which will only be done next year.

Just had lunch and the pack of wild dogs were here so we took some photos before eating.

There is rain around but only in patches but it is starting to look a little greener but still no grass for the animals.

Some photos will follow when we have developed them. The internet is slow but we will try our best. They are however putting a new system in so should improve but not sure when.

On our way home we found two lionesses who had just killed a large bull waterbuck.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Erindi, Windhoek and Parties

With the hot weather the diesel generator started overheating and turning off so we had intermittent power.  Still no rain but it started getting a little cooler.

Friday we left at 5:30 for Windhoek to drop the car for the last few repairs and then to be road-worthied and registered in Tasha's name on Monday. On the way out we saw a bat-eared fox and an aardwolf, both on the public road outside of the reserve. We dropped off the car and settled in to the backpackers again. The rest of the family arrived and we did some more shopping for presents for Kiara's birthday on Saturday. We had sushi and sashimi for dinner before heading to bed.

Kiara's fourth birthday was at 10:00 at a kiddies play area with play castles, carousels and other activities. Kiara had a fantastic time along with her cousin who also celebrated her fourth birthday. We all then headed to a restaurant for lunch.