Safari 2018 #51 Problem#2, and Moving Day

by david on October 14, 2019

Johann had gone into the reeds with Byron and Peter as an extra gun and safety measure.  He radioed Jonas to bring the Landcruiser in. Jonas, the other game scout and tracker, and I slowly drove around the island and into the reeds.  We had to go very slowly as the ground was extremely rough and the other elephants had not completely left the area. They were also very agitated at having their morning rest so rudely interrupted.  Matter of fact, we had just gotten to the downed elephant when the others decided we were too close and came for us. People were piling into the Landcruiser as Johann took the helm and reversed out posthaste before someone was gored or trampled.  Eventually, honking the horn, banging the side of the truck, shouting and making any and all sorts of noise convinced the group to leave. Peter could now get close enough to get a good look at his prize and take some pictures. The machetes, axes, and shovels came out to clear an area for the pictures and provide enough room to break down the elephant to transportable-size pieces.  After the pictures, Johann took me back to camp. He and I had lunch while the kitchen made lunch packs for the crew still dealing with the elephant. We were also waiting for a trailer to be delivered to aid in getting the meat to the village. After we ate, Johann hooked the trailer to the Landcruiser and headed back with the lunch packs. After delivering the trailer and lunches, he would take a truckload of meat to the village before returning to camp.

During lunch we decided the likelihood of finding another elephant was slim to none.  We also decided we were going to spend our last full day doing something else. We decided to head back to Katima and go fishing for tiger fish.  While he was gone, I packed up our gear and then I washed some of the mornings black dirt off. By the way, any of those of you that have read my book know I like the alcohol-based Bullfrog sunscreen.  I still like it but I made a discovery about it while using it in Bamunu. Bullfrog combined with sweat will chemically weld the black dirt to your skin. It requires hot water, and lots of soap and scrubbing to get off.  Fortunately, I remembered to leave out a clean change of clothes as I packed. Boy, did the combination of shower and clean clothes feel wonderful. I did not stay un-sticky for long, but it sure felt good while it lasted.  Johann got back about 3:00 and got cleaned up while the guys loaded the truck. We were able to get on the road about 4:00.

The black dirt of Bamunu is thin enough to go through just about anything. The only white spot is where the tie from my Courtney gaiters held the leather against my skin. Lots of soap, hot water and scrubbing ahead. The black dirt of Bamunu is thin enough to go through just about anything. The only white spot is where the tie from my Courtney gaiters held the leather against my skin. Lots of soap, hot water and scrubbing ahead.

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