After the sun went down, when we were on our way back, we saw a honey badger, which are very rarely seen because they are nocturnal, which means they only come out at night. Our ranger was really excited and when we got back to the lodge, all the employees told us they either had never seen one or hadn't seen one for years!
The next morning (and every morning after that) we got up at 5:00 a.m. to go on our second game drive and the first thing we saw were lions! There were ten cubs and five moms in the pride and like the leopard sighting, we stayed to watch them for about an hour. After we left, we saw a big bull elephant!
That evening we saw the last of the "Big 5" animals, which consists of five animals: lions, Cape buffalos, elephants, leopards, and rhinos. The rhino was the only animal we hadn't seen. As we were driving back to camp, we saw three big rhinos by the side of the road.
We saw more rhino again the next morning and this time we got a really great view of them at a watering hole. Later that day we went to a big field filled with herds of zebra, impala, and wildebeest. Just as we were leaving, we saw a leopard as it started to stalk some zebra. The leopard was crouching in the tall glasses and one of the zebra got too close and actually scared the leopard when he almost stepped on him! The leopard leaped up and climbed up a tree. When it came down, it tried to go after some impala, but a hyena came by and scared it off.
The next morning we saw the same pride of lion from the other day, but this time there were two big male lions with them. It was really awesome because they were two brothers and both of them had big manes. At one point they yawned and we could see their huge teeth, which they need for tearing through skin when they eat.
Take a look at this awesome roaring lion:
For our last two game drives, we saw a group of elephants, with one adorable baby that was just a few months old.
While we were there, we got a radio call saying that the rare African Wild Dog had been spotted a couple of miles from where we were, so we took off to find them. By the time we got there, they had already left. That's what happens out here. It's not a zoo. After stopping for a "sun-downer" snack, we were on our way back to the lodge when we saw a female leopard that was walking around marking her territory. We also thought it might stalk some impala, but she wasn't hungry. We were, so we went back for dinner.
Now it was time to go on our last game drive at Sabi. The time had gone by so fast because we had such a great time. We left very happy because we found the herd of African Wild Dog. Right before that sighting, we saw baboons climbing around the trees near the lodge, which was a great farewell since we hadn't seen baboons yet.
That's all for this blog and our amazing time in Sabi.