A disppointing turnout of animals in the park
31.10.2017 - 31.10.2017
Having returned to Kipling Camp after this morning's game drive, we have time to take a little nap before lunch. David chooses to chill in a hammock while I snooze in a chair in the lovely shady courtyard.
After another delicious lunch of egg curry, spinach, pumpkin, dhal and curd, we go off for the last game drive here in Khana.
This afternoon we are allocated Kisli Zone, and Astrid (the manager at Kipling Camp) comes with us. Lyn and Chris, however, go off to spend the afternoon with Tara (more about that later).
The first thing we see this afternoon is a dead baby chital, who most probably died during the birth.
A few minutes later we see a female sambar with her offspring, and I can't help thinking about the poor chital who lost her baby.
Maybe this is her?My heart breaks.
Rahim stops the car to show us pug marks on the track – that looks promising.
The sun is getting low now, and we haven't seen a great deal yet this afternoon.
The spider's webs are enormous out here, maybe some 4ft across. While I don't mind spiders at all, I would hate to walk into that web!
Oriental Turtle Dove
Indian Grey Hornbill
Yellow Footed Green Pigeon
All too soon it is time to leave the park behind, despite having seen no tigers this afternoon. We see the piglets again by entrance as we leave - it is almost pitch black now.
When we get back to camp, we are eager to hear how Lyn and Chris' afternoon went.
Lyn and Chris debated long and hard whether to come out on safari this afternoon, or to stay in camp and go with Tara, the resident elephant, for her daily bath in the river. I persuaded them to do the latter, and am so glad I did, for several reasons, not least of all the fact that we saw very few animals in the park this afternoon.
Lyn and Chris, on the other hand, are full of it. “It was the stuff that dreams are made of” Chris enthuses when I ask him about it. Here is a brief resumé of their experience:
Tara led the way for them down to the river, and the mahout made sure she didn't go in the water until Lyn and Chris – who were unable to keep up the same speed as their much larger friend on the walk through the forest – arrived. Into the deep part of the river she went, splashing about to her heart's consent.
Tara then made her way to the shallow part near the bank where both Lyn and Chris were able to get into the water with the elephant, and even assist in washing her.
She gets a good scrub with a rough rock every day to ensure she gets all the grime and dirt off her skin.
When her daily ablutions were over, she showed off to her new-found friends, before crossing her legs ready for her pedicure.
For Lyn and Chris this was most definitely a highlight of the trip, and I am so glad they got to experience this.
After a lovely dinner and a few drinks in the bar, it is time to tuck in for our last night at Kipling Camp. I am sad to leave but excited to see what our next camp, Pench Tree Lodge is like.