"I'd like it rare please"

When planning their trip to South Africa, our Australian guests had set a very clear intention: to see as much wildlife as possible. To say they met their goal is an understatement, and that was achieved in the first 24 hours!

While they were embarking on their third game drive they shared the impressive list of what they had seen:leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, zebras, giraffes and to top it all off – a cheetah (fairly rare in the Timbavati)! So what was left on their wish list? Lion and hippo.

We set off in search of lion but before we got too far another rare animal made an appearance. We found a pack of six wild dogs waking up from their afternoon slumber. After spending some time with them, we resumed our lion mission. On our way, a large black feathered form at the side of the road caught my eye. We stopped, and another rare creature emerged – a ground hornbill!

Just as the sun was about to set, we made it to the lions – two big males lying in the grass, who obliged us with a big yawn before resuming their sleep. Feeling more than satisfied with the sighting, we went to the dam for sundowner drinks. As we pulled in, two sets of ears poked out of the water.

"I don't know if that counts as a sighting if we only see the ears and the nostrils," one guest remarked.

A moment later, one of the hippos let out a big yawn, showing his massive teeth. We all agreed that constituted a proper hippo sighting!

Having now seen everything they had hoped for and more, they set new goals- to see a pangolin and and an aardvark before leaving us. Hopefully we will be able to deliver exactly that!

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