Our last full day in camp was AMAZING! We had so much luck on both our game drives. Our friends from CNN were heading off to the Skeleton Coast to film for Inside Africa while Papa G gave us two incredible game drives.
On the morning drive we were joined by the NY newlyweds, Peter and Gen, for their final game drive in camp. We had gotten to know them pretty well and the night before we had to illegally leave our tents at night to trade mismatched laundry baskets (camps do your laundry).
Within the first fifteen minutes Papa G made Gen's safari dream of seeing a brown hyena. These are less-common than the spotted hyenas and they often travel solo vs. in packs. Seeing one active in the morning was supposedly very rare. We watched as he climbed down the sandy riverbank, into the woods, then over to the remains of the elephant named Papa G. The elephants were all named after camp guides and the story was Papa G (the elephant) was pushed over the dry riverbank by Charlie or Alfred (other elephants). We sat and watched him gnaw on some of the 4 month old remains. The hyena was very skittish whenever other jeeps rolled by.
This is one of our favorite pictures from the trip. It was incredible to be able to sit on the top of the ridge and take in so much scenery.
Holly and I were the only guests with Papa G on the afternoon drive and we were warned we were going far and may not see much game, or the lions. Ok with us. We were in parts of the camp area we hadn't seen yet. Our first notable encounter with wildlife was a group of elephants grazing in a grassy area by some volcanic rock mountains. We enjoyed seeing the elephants against the mountains and how it seemed to dwarf them a bit.
After a while it got to the point of "where the hell are we?". We drove around the rockiest terrain we had ever seen. The lions were last seen at maybe 12 km from camp and we were now 16 clicks out. No wildlife but amazing scenery.
We called it quits. The lions must have moved farther. Within 5 minutes of throwing in the towel, Holly sees a form under a bush and says "lion". All 5 of them were finishing up their naps. One lion was awake and started nudging the others. They started yawning and the got up one at a time.
The next morning we took a quick nature walk with Papa G, then boarded our flight north up to Serra Cafema Camp on the Kunene River and Angola border.