Safari 2012 Journal Entries: Day 11 – Thursday, July 26th, 2012 (Osonjiva part 7)

by david on September 25, 2012

Johann decides we will eat quickly and head back out.  Time is of the essence as this is my last afternoon to hunt on this safari.  Tomorrow afternoon, I will be back at the airport headed home.  With the decision made to start early, one o’clock finds us back in the bush instead of stretched out taking a nap.  This is probably a wise decision as I have seen plenty of game while horizontal and eyes closed, but I have never taken anything noteworthy while sleeping. 

            The midday sun makes it as hot as its absence made it cold this morning.  Even with the wind blowing and trying to cool things off, I feel like I am slowly being steamed to the point of being well-done.  I have on my lightest shirt but moisture is rolling off me as if I have just stepped from the shower.  The waterbuck are bound to be feeling the same heat and are probably making use of a secluded shade tree near a waterhole.  The logic of Johann’s plan becomes clear and, once again, his understanding of Africa and her wildlife astonish me. 

            The afternoon hunting session goes much like the morning session.  The game is ultra-spooky and is often headed elsewhere by the time we get anywhere close.  After the first hour or so, we abandon the truck except to move from point “A” to point “B”.  We spend the rest of the afternoon walking in the bush, slowly moving between waterholes.  We see several bulls, but we are either not able to get close enough to look them over, or if we do they are not shooters.  I start to rethink my decision not to pursue the waterbuck of the previous evening.  I knew there was a possibility of not seeing another shooter and I may regret the decision.  As with most things in life, hindsight is always 20/20.  With a few hours of hunting left, I push those thoughts to the back of my mind and walk on.

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