A later breakfast this morning interrupted by the sighting of three Spotted Hyaena down at the waterhole in the salt pan. I am talking to Richard and Toby outside the office when we hear more Hyaena close to the camp – as we head off to see where they are, they race towards us right up by the chalets, then down towards the pan where they have a right set to, leaving one with a bleeding ear.
Excitement over, we pack up and head back over the dunes for the final time to pick up our minibus and drive back to the gates and our second stay at the Kgalagadi lodge. Our current species count is 48 mammals, and our trip back, while encompassing Lions, Wildcat and Jackal alongside assorted prey species, does not yield any new ones. (Although we do have some nice Secretary Birds as a new bird species). Our last chance is tonight’s night drive, from the main gate, where Toby says we have a reasonably good chance of Genet and Brown Hyaena.
There are four other people (who are staying in the National Park) on the drive. As we set off we see the familiar Springhare, Cape Fox and Bat-Eared Fox. We also see three different owls – Barn Owl, White Faced Owl and Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, but the Genets and Hyaenas are obviously hiding in a different part of the Kalahari. That is, until we are about 100 metres from the gate when we suddenly spot a Brown Hyaena in the bushes – the light reflecting off his eyes giving him away – as we watch he comes out into the open.