There were lions in camp during the night, and first thing we did this morning was to go on a walk to track them down and to see if we were to be able to get a glimpse of them. We could clearly hear them roar around four this morning and after following their tracks, it all became clear that they had not moved away from camp, but were and actually still is hanging around camp. No one has seen them so far, nor at drives or walks during the day, so we’ll have to see if or where might they show up.
The pace is picking up
The tempo here is really picking up and yesterday we had the first of seven tests. Though I made a decision before coming here that I’m not doing the course for any certification, I’ll still do my best to pass and so I did on the first one. But it’s hard and we’ll see for how long I can keep up.
Next test coming up is on Sunday with a presentation to perform on Thursday, so there really isn’t any time for rest here.
Lock and load
Today we had our first preparation session in rifles, learning the fundamental basics and safety regulations around it. Putting the rounds in the chamber, securing the rifle and preparing it for use.
I’ve never actually fired a rifle or gun before, but I’m actually looking forward to try it out on the shooting range later on. It all actually felt quite natural. It’s almost scary…We’ll see what the turnout will be, when it’s time for live rounds and target practice. Lock and load! I’m coming out…
The whole meaning of carrying a rifle on the walks and drives has properly been explained to everyone here and the guides are very straightforward with telling us that it is purely for protection purpose and is only to be used as a last resort.
No guide wants to put down an animal in a confrontation, but if you’re unlucky it can become a reality and if that’s the case you need to be able to know your stuff and take action in a split second.
Most of the times however the confrontations can be handled by standing ground or listening to the warnings and should that not be enough, there’s always pepper spray to use.
Me and the boys have started an evening activity with evening bush boule, so it’s time to head over to the court for another chance to win a few Black Labels…
…and avoid the two male lions that are moving around the camp.
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