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We recently visited Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. We happened to arrive on an unusually hot day for August and were treated to an amazing show of animals who all came to drink and swim in the watering hole. We walked up to the viewing point at the other side of the grounds and saw elephants so close you could reach out and touch them (which, of course, we didn’t because that would be dangerous and disrespectful to the animals who are not remotely tame or trained).
I love this video of the animals coming to the water hole to drink. It was simply amazing to watch.
One of the elephants reversed right up close to me standing near the fence.
We went out for a game drive in the afternoon on the first day. We saw lions and buffalo.
Here is a short video of the lion rolling over:
My blogging friend, Wayne, from Tofino Photography (if you don’t know Wayne and his amazing wildlife photographs, I suggest you go over and take a look around https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/rendezvous-spot/) made a comment about animals heads on the walls of game lodges. I have never visited a game lodge that displays heads of animals as we go to places dedicated to conservation of wildlife, but such lodges do exist where they do canned hunting (which I abhor). Anyhow, Wayne’s comment inspired this poem which will be included in the poetry book I’m working on called Lion Scream which is about the plight of animals in Africa. Thank you, Wayne, for the obscure inspiration.
The lead buffalo stands
Majestic, on guard
Surrounded by cows, their calves, and lessor bulls
A formidable pair
of horns deck his head
A natural defence, also a burden
In this fake man-made world
Where greed dominates
The hunter lines him up
Prepares for his shot
Bang! The bullet strikes, animal slumps forward
His magnificent horns
Will soon grace a wall
Before I depart, I must share this song by Flanders & Swann called The Gnu. It is about the head of a Gnu (which we call Wildebeeste) on the wall:
I must admit that I love Flanders & Swann and always have. I was a mighty odd little thing my grandma said.