Sundowners With A Wild Twist

The magic of Marataba is that no sunset is ever the same here.

The day of 27 September was one of the most rewarding for me as a guide.

It began with spending time with a breeding herd of elephants swimming in the river in the early morning, and ended with an unexpected sighting of two male cheetahs to start off our evening drive.

After viewing the two cheetahs, we left to have sundowners on one of the dam walls which overlooks the reserve – perfection.

Cheers! A ‘klink’ as everyone toasted with their cold G&Ts in hand.

Just when it couldn’t get any better, one of my guests calmly said, “Kim, we have visitors. Look!”

I made my way to the back of the vehicle to see who had joined us.

Then my entire being smiled as I saw our lovely two cheetahs emerging from the bushes, not showing any interest in us, as they went to have a drink of their own!

We watched as they walked with gentle feet down to the water. Having quenched their thirst they made their way back up the hill in front of us and disappeared with the setting.

Waves of smiles and chatter came from my guests after a long moment of silence. It’s not often that you can say that you shared sundowners with such a beautiful animal.

We ended off our night with the moon rising behind the mountains, as an elephant bull gracefully fed on an acacia with the moon’s glow on his back, and a Rufus cheeked nightjar’s call serenading the perfect day that we had been treated to.

Words and pictures by: Field Guide Kim Le Hanie


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