Out into the Wild
Following our guides into the bush we cautiously played follow the leader. We quickly learned that walking safari’s require patience and persistence.
As we followed the tracks in the dirt, we’d suddenly come to grinding halt!
What is it?!
Could it be the rhino we’re so eagerly tracking? No, it’s just poo! But not just any poo, our knowledgeable guide explained which animal this belonged to, how the locals use this to fend off mosquitos or cure illness.
The locals are so resourceful it truly is fascinating to hear what they can do with just animal poo! (Ok, ok enough about poo!)
Wilderness and Wild Animals
After walking for most of the morning, deep into the picturesque Matobo National Park in the heart of Zimbabwe, our guide pointed to a quiet spot under a shady tree, away from the heat of the day.
We couldn’t see anything, but as we slowly approached it became clearer, there they were, four white rhinos.
In a flash the dominant male was up on his feet, staring us down, seemingly snorting. It happened in a split second, hearts racing, we looked eye to eye with this two tonne rhino.
Our guide made an ‘animal call’ and the rhino relaxed, as if familiar with the sound, we were able to move within six to seven metres of these amazing, endangered animals.
We observed them in their natural habitat, a baby rhino at play. What an experience.
Spoilt for choice we joined our second walking safari in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, near the mighty Victoria Falls!
Here we experienced seeing an array of wildlife including zebra, giraffe, impala, elephants and wait, more rhinos.
Feeling very lucky we found ourselves again observing and watching nine rhino, relaxed amongst the shade.