For most of us coffee was served with a wake-up call at 6:00 a.m. The rooms had a built-in butler's closet so the tray with coffee and crunchies was easy to reach after a quick shower.
We all jumped in the vehicles and were excited because of the wealth of animals we had seen the night before. The sunrise by the river bank was beautiful, but it slowly dawned on us - no pun intended - that the Matetsi animals are late risers. We didn’t see a whole lot initially, but as it is often the case on these drives, all is forgotten when you hear a lion roar and see their footprints in the sand.
We slowly honed in on two lions that Nick spotted after about 10 min. of searching. A young male and his sister decided to camp out in the shadows to take a rest, and they let us watch them for a while before we headed back to camp and the delicious breakfast table. The staff whipped up delicious eggs and for some, lunch quickly became something to skip.
The afternoon drive was better than the morning drive. The late sun and slightly cooler afternoon temperatures seemed to energize the game. Zebra, American wild cat, warthog and even a leopard was added to the list of game we were lucky to see.
Dinner was wrapped up with a celebration of John’s birthday. Adriana and Chloe kicked is off with a wonderful song. The staff took over and gave quite the performance celebrating even the cake.... “Johnnie Cake”. And John of course.