Safari 2018 #45 Hot and Bumpy

by david on September 30, 2019

The afternoon was spent looking for elephant.  Byron and Peter went one way, Johann and I went the other.  The direction we went in was even more bouncy. So bouncy I began to wonder if parts were going to start falling off of the Landcruiser or if I was perhaps rearranging my internal organs.  It was bouncy to the point of being just about miserable. We looked and glassed, then glassed and looked. Nothing. It was also very hot. This morning’s wind had died down into a breeze as the day warmed.  The breeze had died. I was curious as to how hot it was and asked Johann if the Landcruiser had a thermometer. It did not, but he had a stand-alone thermometer in the glove box. He cracked the window and put the measuring end out the window.  We gave it 5 to 10 minutes to register correctly. The verdict? 111° At home in North Carolina, I would have been dripping wet if not completely melted into a puddle. Here it was very dry and my sweat had evaporated before it had a chance to make me wet.  The evaporation was doing its job and cooling me to the point I was only hot, not par-boiled. I have always heard that a very dry heat is not too bad. After experiencing it firsthand, I will have to agree. Late afternoon found us in some unburnt reeds at the far end of the conservancy.  Driving through 12-foot tall reeds in a truck looking for elephants is a little unnerving. You can hardly see six feet in any direction. Only thing you can do is keep pushing the reeds over with the trucks bumper and keep going. Have I mentioned the going is very bumpy? After clearing the reeds, we headed cross county in the direction of a tar road that formed the conservancy’s border.  First, we found a game trail. We took that until it intersected with something resembling a cart path. That actually did become two tracks, which led is to a village, and the village road to the tar road. Dang, it was nice to be back on a smooth road. It was grins all around until we hit the bumpy dirt road back to camp. Talk about a mood spoiler! At least we were home and there were ice cubes waiting to be drowned in brandy.  Over drinks, and while waiting for dinner, Byron and Peter told us they at least had found elephants. They had heard them, but not seen them as the whole herd was in one of the reed beds. It was almost dark and with the light fading fast, it was too dangerous to go in after them. Oh well, there is always tomorrow.


The reeds were taller than the roof of the Landcruiser 4X4 The reeds were taller than the roof of the Landcruiser 4X4

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