Originally posted by dogcat:Zimbabwe Leopard Hunt with HoundsDates
– June 16 to July 1, 2013Outfitter
–Matupula Safaris and Mapassa Big Game HoundsAgent
– Jeff C. Neal, Inc. – Jeff Neal and Greg Brownlee - http://www.jeffcnealinc.com/Travel Agent
– Falcon Travel – Stacey Gibson – 210-492-6933PH’s
– Mark “Ellos” Ellement, Tim Ellement, Warwick Evans (houndsman), Vaugh Whitehead-Wilson– apprentice, and Greg MichilsonAreas Hunted
– Matopos Area west of Bulawayo one hour, Sedenda Camp, built and owned by Matupula in the Zambezi Valley area just east of Hwange National ParkRifles
– Rented rifles –CZ 550 in .375 H&H with a Swarovski Z6 1.7x10 scope and a Sako AV in .375 H&H with a Leupold Vari X III 1.5x5 scope. Both in excellent condition and accurate.Ammo
– Federal Premium Safari .375 H&H TBBC and TBSH (solids). Game Sought
– Super Cats (big leopards)Game Taken
– 2 Super Cats, zebra (2x), Blue Wildebeast, Common ReedbuckAnimals Seen
–22 species listed in the Appendix along with 114 birds. Note on animals – the areas we hunted had very little plains game. We saw the occasional animal but did not see any numbers that would be huntable. Executive Summary for the ADD members amongst us
My son and I both killed very nice male leopards on the 6th and 7th day of the hunt. The hunt is 95% boring as can be and 5% pure, rock stomping, dog howling, leopard growling excitement. Both leopards tried to escape in the rock hills in the Matopos area but the fearless hounds and Jack Russell Terriers flushed them, then treed them, then we shot them. Both were killed at about 75 yards with shots through the shoulders and lungs. How Did This Hunt Happen?
The short version is that Greg Brownlee sent an email to customers about openings for leopard hunting with dogs. I do not sit in blinds well and would rather take a beating than sit still for a long time while I am hunting, so this chance to hunt cats intrigued me. I did my due diligence on leopards with dogs and on Matupula Safaris and Mark Butcher, the owner. All info and references came back positive so I met Mark Butcher at the DSC show for the details on this. Sent the deposit and waited on the day to arrive.
Part of my research was done over the past few years reading about leopard hunting. The books “Chui” by Lou Hallamore and “Into the Thorns” by Wayne Grant were good guides for me. I also bought “Boddington On Leopard” DVD and an older DVD “He’s in the Tree”. All of the info was good but talking to Mark Butcher laid out how the hunt would go off and what to expect.
Greg and Jeff have not steered me wrong, so I went all in and booked it.
(On agents, I am convinced that I am better off working with an agent that I trust. I have done hunts both ways - on my own and with an agent. I have had the best experiences using agents and less hassles. Jeff and Greg are two of the best.)Sidebar
Most of the AR members read the hunt reports. I post hunt reports and enjoy them myself. A lot of the feedback I get from my reports seems to indicate I have created an image of the “mighty white hunter” or the “collector” of unusual trophies. The reality of my hunting exploits is that I am an “accidental hunter”. I like to hunt but mostly I like to do fun stuff with my family. The oil business is such right now that I can afford an unusual hunt as you see in the other hunts I have done recently. I am by no means a collector or mighty white hunter. I go because hunting is fun and I get serious time with my family undistracted by the busy-ness of our lives. Size or length do not matter a lot to me, just hunting something fun and mature is fine.
Anyway, I did this hunt as it looked fun and I got to spent two weeks with my son that I would not get to do any other way. The Method
Leopard hunting is easy. Leopard finding is hard. We spent the first six days hanging and checking baits. The Ellement brothers and Warwick Evans have been hunting the Matopos Hills area west of Bulawayo for 15 or more years. They have taken several hundred leopards over the years. They have a keen understanding of where the leopards are and what areas they travel. The basic method was to hang baits near water and hills or in narrow gaps between ranges of hills. The baits were beef hindquarters or zebra quarters. In all, I bought 27 baits. At baits that get hit by leopards, we hung trail cameras to discern males from females and to see what time of the night the baits were visited.
If we had a hit, we went back over the next couple of days checking trail camera pictures and looking for tracks. On the third day, we checked a bait and had a hot track. Warwick set out his “strike” dog and we followed seeing how the dog reacted to the track. If the track is fresh, the dog starts howling and running. When the leopard is bumped, he releases the trailing pack of about 8 to 10 dogs to get the leopard to bay somewhere. On our first hot track, the strike dog followed it for a couple of hours with the track getting “hotter”. Warwick released a couple more dogs to get the cat moving but we never got close enough to the cat to release the rest of the hounds. We were on that track for seven hours before giving up.
Over the next few days we scattered baits all over a 150 square mile area and had numerous hits. One bait attracted a female with three cubs. They came back several times over the days of our hunt. We called this group the “Rugby Team” by the antics the four cats used getting at the bait.
One of the oddities on this hunt was that the Rugby Team leopards discovered the trail camera. The first time, they chewed if off the hanger and appeared to play with it leaving near the bait. The next time they hit the bait, they chewed it off the hanger and carried it away. We never found it. The guys said that elephants do that and hyenas will do that but this was the first time they lost a trail camera to leopards. This is the damage they do.
We had another leopard that Ellos and Warwick recognized as one that comes through the area every 38 days or so then is gone until the next time. It was a huge male they have been chasing for several years but have been outsmarted each time.
One the local villagers contacted us that calf had been killed by a leopard near our baits, so we set fresh baits in the area and checked the dead calf for tracks. After three more days, we ended up getting this cat.
Trail camera pic of a younger leopard
We also had a couple of local guys that worked off and on with the PH’s looking for cat tracks on trails near the villages. The local people do not like leopards due to predation on goats, calves and chickens.
In the evenings, the PH’s looked over the trail cam pictures and discussed the plan of attack for the next day.
On several of the areas, they had bumped the male leopard in the area several times and knew roughly where he went or where he would hide. This helped save time each day checking baits. In seven days we traveled 2100 kilometers checking baits and looking for tracks.
A combination of all of the above helped us connect with both leopards. On the Subject of Baits
You have to pre-bait. Do not wait until you get there or hope that the hunter before you leaves some baits. The area hunted is 150 square miles. A lot of leopards can live in that big of an area. You need a lot of bait. I paid to pre-bait and it helped. I ended buying 27 baits and shooting 2 zebras for bait. At one time we had five cats hitting the baits, but most of the time we feed a herd of honey badgers along with assorted bush pigs and hyenas. There is not enough plains game in this area to be able to shoot the baits you need. You will not have enough time to shoot baits, hang baits, check baits, shoot more baits and so on. If you want to kill a leopard, you have to put up a lot of baits. End of sermon. Super Cat One
First up would be my son. He had joined me from Switzerland where he works and had a valuable two weeks of vacation to make this a great trip for me. We had no real context to refer to in hunting leopards with dogs. We had hunted mountain lions in British Columbia a couple of years ago but were badly hampered by the -35C weather for much of our trip. We treed one female cougar and took a lot of pictures. We also managed one female lynx but the weather killed the movement of anything – including us.
So, here we are with three expert PH/Houndsmen and are after a cat a bit more tempermental than a mountain lion.
We followed our routine of checking baits and found one hit hard on the 6th day of the hunt. Warwick and Ellos decided to put the strike dog on the track and off we went. It took about six hours to get the cat to bay in a cave. This cat ran for the rocky hills when bumped and then tried to lose the dogs on the sheer rocks by going from cave to cave.
These hills look like loose piles of boulders with dozens of crevices and caves formed. This is deal dassie habitat and the dassie is a leopard’s favorite meal. The leopards also use the hills and caves as safe areas or resting areas. The leopards can get up above the surrounding countryside and can see a long ways. We set up on the sticks each the dogs started up into the rocks hoping to catch a leopard sneaking out ahead of the dogs for an easy shot. That did not happen for us.
Waiting to Catch a Glimpse of Spots
Leopard Hiding Places in the Hills
When this cat was bumped, all of the dogs were turned out and he ultimately holed up in a small cave. We all stood back as the dogs worked the cat and tried to get him out of the cave. My son was on the sticks hoping the cat would come out of the cave, hesitate at the entrance and get shot. That did not happen. This cat fought the dogs for thirty minutes or so, then, the PH’s turned loose a couple of Jack Russell Terriers that tore off into the fracas and straight into the cat. This leopard ended up weighing about 150 pounds. A Jack Russell weighs maybe seven pounds, but it is all heart.
I had never heard a leopard roar before. When the dogs had this old boy cornered he let loose several roars that stood my hair on end. It was on par with a lion roar. When the cat roared, the dogs all bolted toward the cat, not away from him. They wanted a piece of him in the worst way. I was impressed with the courage of the dogs.
That cat bolted from the cave with several dogs on his tail and quickly ran up a tree that was leaning at a 45 degree angle turning to the fight the dogs again. I was staring at the cave mouth and never saw the cat run out – they are that quick! From the time it bolted and treed to the shot was about ten seconds. When the cat was in the tree, my son had an eighty yard broadside shot which he quickly took dropping the cat stone dead on top of the dogs. We went from calmness to chaos in about one minute. The process was long and drawn out but the final encounter and shot was lightning quick.
With the cat down, the dogs “worried” the dead cat for a minute or two then found a place to lie down and sleep. We had a couple of the dogs get hit by the cat but nothing life threatening or worrisome. Warwick gets to doctor his dogs often as the get scratched from time to time.
Again, I was stunned at the beauty and size of these super cats. It is an amazing animal equipped to do some serious damage.
Mark Ellement, Tim Ellement, my son, Warwick Evans Super Cat Two
After my son took Super Cat One, we checked some baits and went to the camp to celebrate. We made a plan for the next day which had Ellos and I heading about two hours north to check the Rugby Team bait and everyone else scattering to check baits. When we got an hour and half into our drive, we got a call that the cat that killed the calf four days earlier had returned to that site and left some fresh tracks. We reversed course and drove back to the tracks meeting all of the PH’s there. Warwick decided to put the strike dog on the track and see what happened.
For the next four hours we followed the trail, then jumped ahead to a road crossing looking for tracks and were able to guess the route of the cat and cut off time and distance. We kept the dogs on the right track when they cut a track of female that had met up with our male for a short period of time. Usually, when this happens the dogs are pulled off as they cannot distinguish between males and females. The penalty for shooting a female is $5000 and suspension of the PH license. While milling around, the handlers were able to get the dogs on the male tracks, so off they went.
Over the next three hours, the leopard moved into the rocks and evaded the dogs several times. We had decided to pull the dogs off at 3PM due to heat and thirst but one of the dogs kept hanging around one cave. The dog was quiet but the handler was sure the cat was close. Within a few minutes the other dogs came to the cave and the howling fight began. The leopard was in a large cave but up on a ledge above the dogs. The dogs could go in and out, smelling the cat but could not see it. The Jack Russell’s went to the cave and let out howl that got the leopard growling. At each growl, the dogs swarmed into the cave only to get swatted out. After ten to fifteen minutes, the cat decided to vacate the area by climbing out the top of the cave out of our sight. One of the dogs caught sight of the escaping cat and followed him yelping and howling. The others soon joined him and they treed the cat in a forty foot tall acacia tree a quarter mile from the cave.
We followed and caught up with the fracas and I got a good look at the super cat looking down at the dogs from his perch. I lined up on the sticks and let fly hitting him in the shoulders. He dropped but hung by one paw dangling above the pack. At this, Warwick fired two quick shots from his .375 flanged double rifle, I fired once more and Warwick fired again in a the space of three seconds trying to be sure the cat was dead when it hit the ground. The reason for this is that a mortally wounded cat would tear up several dogs quickly before expiring. All of our shots missed the mark and the leopard fell to the ground. The dogs all jumped on him and we could see the leopard take one swipe before going down. That one swipe sliced up a couple of the dogs, not severely, but there was some bleeding dogs when we got to the dead cat.
Again, the dogs worried the cat for a minute then all dropped to the ground to sleep.
I was blown away by the beauty and strength of these cats. “Super” Cats are what they truly are!
The claws are impressive
For perspective, I am 6’ 4” and weigh 245 lbs
A little fun with the guys- The Real Heroes – the Dogs
I have a lot of experience with bird dogs and labs. I have hunted mountain lions with hounds. I have been around tracking dogs. I have never seen anything like these leopard hounds. First, most dogs can smell. Most dogs will follow something they want. But most dogs are not going to follow something that will be a chainsaw on steroids when they catch it. The process was to set out a “strike” dog or two on the track. If the track is hot, you will know by the way the dogs bark and follow. When the leopard is close or sighted, the rest of the pack is released. This “pack” is two groups of five dogs being led by a handler. These handlers are like trackers or spotters. They have to keep up with the strike dog and communicate back to the head houndsman on where the leopard is going and what the dogs are doing. The head houndsman is in charge of deciding if the leopard can be caught or how to go about catching up to it. Warwick Evans is a pro’s pro with his hounds. He has been on possibly 400 leopard hunts, hundreds of jackal and caracal hunts along with lion hunts with dogs. He knows his business and can read the dogs as well as how the cat is acting. He raises a lot of hounds and Jack Russell Terriers that are shipped around the world. He runs hounds year around and loves it.
Back to the dogs. Other than persistence in closing the distance to get on a cat and the fact they will run until they drop, the courage of these dogs amazed me. I had never heard a leopard “roar” before. I was very surprised when I heard the first one. It was loud. It was mean. I rumbled me much like a lion roar. When either cat roared while in the caves, the dogs ran to the roar and not away from it. From a distance we could see a couple of the dogs getting cut but they never flinched and “hounded” those cats. The Jack Russell’s were the fiercest. They are “one bite” for a leopard. They ran right into the fight each time to get a piece of a leopards butt. I could not believe the intensity and how those dogs will take on a cat that outweighs them 5 to 1 or 20 to 1. Amazing is all I can say. The only thing I can compare them to is a Navy Seal.The Other Heroes - the PH's
I did not mean to imply that the dogs did all the work! But, without them we would be blind to the cats. Now, I am no longer prone to "PH Worship" as I was on my first trip to South Africa. But I have to tell you, these three PH's and the appy were rock stars - in the league with Dean Kendall, Thiery Labat, Buzz Charlton and a very few others. The Ellement brothers - Mark or "Ellos" and Tim are outstanding in every respect. Mark is part owner of Matupula with Mark Butcher. He is an exceptionally skilled leopard and elephant hunter. He leads a lot of important and very prominent hunters every year after the big bulls around Hwange NP and after leopards. He thinks like a leopard and is as smart as an elephant.
Tim Ellement is no slouch either. He is younger and "exact" in his methods. He was shot by a friend following up a wounded leopard several years ago and is just getting back to 100%. He was hit by a load of SSG in the back and survived, just to show you how tough he is. He was on top of every detail and was relentless in checking baits and patterning the cats.
Warwick Evans is THE HOUNDSMAN of houndsmen. I have hunted with a few great ones, Doug McMann (chilcotin hillbilly on AR) is one. Warwick hunts cats of one sort or another every day or every year. He lives in South Africa and hunts jackals, caracals and whatever other cats will run. He is known around the world in houndsmen circle as one of the top authorities on dogs and leopard hunting. I tried to get him to tell me how many leopards he has seen taken over his dogs and he deferred not to say. Mark Ellement told me the number was over 400. This guy can read the howling of his dogs like a pygmy tracker can read bongo tracks. He is top notch.
I usually leave the apprentice PH's out of the story but the one Mark Ellement was mentoring was exceptional - Vaugh Whitehead-Wilson. He has been an appy for 5 or 6 years and is as enthusiastic and energized as any I have met. Warwick pulled me aside and said this kid is one of the best hunters he has seen come along in a long time. We went night hunting for predators using calls, we fished, we chased elephants with him. He knows his stuff and if you get to hunt with him, have your track shoes on as he can make a mile in a hurry. Elephants for the Beginner
With both cats in the salt, we had several days to use prior to leaving Zim. With Nelson Mandela on his death bed and every flight booked, then re-booked, we could not get out of Zim without buying new full fare tickets. I had refundable, changeable tickets but the clause is that if you change the ticket, I had to pay the fare difference. The difference was the same price as the round trip ticket I had already purchased.
With that situation, we chose to stay and chase elephants around Hwange NP and see what all the fuss is about. We had not ever considered elephant hunting seriously so this was a chance to experience it with some real professionals. One day into the elephant hunting, Ellos Ellement got word that his dad had terminal cancer and he had to go to Bulawayo to help out. We were at their camp on the Zambezi at the time. He arranged for another experienced PH, Greg Michilson and an apprentice PH (Vaughn) to show us around. Both of these guys are solid hunters and we had a great time checking and tracking about 40 different bulls we encountered over the next four days.
I had no experience judging elephants and had no idea they are so “aware” of what is going on around them. They are tough to get close to and tough to judge. Both PH’s showed us a bunch of bulls at thirty yards with all of them being 35 pounds or less. We saw a couple of single tusked elephants that they estimated would go 55 pounds. At the end of it all, we stalked close and I could have taken several different bulls but decided not to pull the trigger on anything less than 40 or 50 pounds. If I was going to shoot one, I want it to be something special as I do not know if I would hunt them again.
All in all, it was a great experience to see elephants and hunt elephants. I can understand a little bit why that could be a very addicting pastime. Sidebars
To break up the monotony of checking baits and spending hours in the truck, we went dove hunting one afternoon. Being close to Bulawayo made it easy to get a couple of shotguns and some shells. We bought our baits from a local butcher facility and near to that were a couple of cattle feedlots. These feedlots were surrounded by trees that the various types of dove chose to roost in. With a feedlot comes feed that the cows spill and the doves eat. We shot up about a case of ammo for 60 to 70 doves. The PH’s outshot us amateurs badly but we had a great time. Add this to your hunt next time you can.
We tried our hand at tigerfish or vundu fishing but had no luck. It would have helped if we had something other than hand lines. We did catch two small tigerfish to use as bait. The Sedenda Camp on the Zambezi is an excellent spot for fishing from the shore. The PH’s brought their families there in the summer to fish for vundu (catfish). They had one large vundu that they tagged and have caught four different times in the same spot. The camp is located at the confluence of a small stream and the Zambezi. The small stream is fed by hot springs which draw crocs and other warm water seeking critters to the area. Water bubbles out of the spring at about 180 degrees F and flows into a stream that goes to the Zambezi. The camp staff get all of their hot water from this spring, cook boiled eggs in it and do their washing in it.
Plains Game for Fun
We usually hunt plains game wherever we go, just for fun. This part of Zim has little plains game except on dedicated game ranches. We hunted a little in the late afternoons on the way back to the camp. My son shoot a couple of zebras out of one group, I shot a blue wildebeest and my son took a nice Common Reedbok that hung around a little too long near one of the bait sites. Do not plan on shooting much plains game in this area, it just isn’t there.
Another side trip was to go to Victoria Falls. We have been to Zimbabwe and Zambia in the past but never took the time to see the Falls. It was uncrowded and we were able to get right to the edge of some serious drop offs to take pictures. It is a wonder to behold and I recommend you go. The town is a typical tourist destination with folks selling trinkets and raincoats and whatever else they can do to extract cash from your wallet. The “foreign visitor” fee is $30 and the local price is $6 to see the falls. It is worth it but I felt a little gouged. We, however, did not bungee jump due to the recent issues with the rubber bands breaking and dropping folks in the Zambezi River.
This is legal in Zim and we spent one night trying to spotlight any of the small cats – Serval, African Wildcat, Genet, or Caracal. We hoped to lure in spotted hyenas or jackals as well. We struck out with the lights and with the electronic callers. We saw several bushbabies and duikers however. I would have bet a lot we would have seen servals or genets but no luck. It was fun being out at night and seeing and hearing things we normally do not.
I am an addicted bird watcher. Ever since my trip in 2005 to Zimbabwe, I have been very active in learning African birds. Ellos Ellement was an excellent PH but also an avid birder. I added a number of birds to my life list on this trip. I would encourage you to pick up a guide book and have a try at birding when you are in Africa. You will see birds there that are nowhere else and it adds to your experience. Here are few pictures of some we saw. Observations and Musings
I read a lot of what Peter Flack writes. To me, Peter Flack is the epitome of the African ethical hunter. He is 100% fair chase, prepares for his hunts, commits the time to know the quarry and then hunts the way he feels he should. He is not a “hound man”. He did not hunt his bongo with dogs. I suspect he is against leopard hunting with dogs. He and I disagree on the ethics of using dogs in the hunting process. My position is that this is as ethical and fair as hunting leopards over baits or shooting them at night. By the way, the monster 34” bongo that Peter Flack shot was taken at night over a salt lick. I am not a “sit in the blind over bait” guy. I do not like to hunt whitetail deer at feeders or shoot elk in alfalfa fields. It is personal preference, not a statement on ethics.
With this said, I really liked chasing leopards with these hounds. It is a hard hunt mentally. It is not 100% successful. The dogs add a dimension to this hunt that is exciting and very fun. I highly recommend it. The shot on the leopard can be easy, as it was for my son and I, or it can be very difficult if the cat holes up in a cave and does not tree. Consider this type of hunt before you discard the idea. Honestly, Warwick and I discussed a lion hunt using hounds. It is legal in places and he has done them. He tells me that a lion will bay quicker, will stay on the ground and fight the dogs. He told me that this will get the hair on the back of your neck standing up for sure. I will likely try a caracal hunt with hounds in the future when I go back to South Africa. This is tougher than leopards with dogs according to what Warwick tells me.
1. The area around Hwange NP is crowded with people. I was unprepared for the sight of so many villages and people. This did not impact the elephant or leopard hunting but truly hammered the plains game I hoped to see.
2. There are plenty of elephants. We saw dozens and could have shot a 35 pounder but opted not to. If you have a couple of weeks to hunt just elephants, this place looks like a great spot and the Matupula guys know this area upside down and backwards.
3. Zimbabwe has changed a lot since I was there in 2005. Every tracker/skinner/camp boy had a cell phone. They did not use them on the hunt nor did a cell phone go off while hunting, but they all had them. The overall economy looks much better now than eight years ago. In Bulawayo, shops were open with plenty of stuff to buy. The airport was busy. In Victoria Falls, the town was bustling with lots of activity. We had no trouble getting fuel or bottled water.
4. I fear that plains game hunting in many parts of Zimbabwe will fall by the wayside. Hunters can get better deals in South Africa and Namibia and more variety. Without hunters taking plains game in Zimbabwe, the economic value will drop and the game with disappear. I do not know the solution other than plains game hunting there will eventually move to ranches and high fence areas.
5. There is a massive open pit coal mine operating just east of Hwange NP and south of Vic Falls. This is funded by the Chinese. It is a mess and the dust/air issues around it are bad. I had not seen this in Africa before. The mine is providing a bunch of jobs but with that come lots of truck traffic, pollution and concentrations of people in the areas near where we hunt. I doubt that the government in Zimbabwe will regulate the activity.
6. I am not sure I am cut out to be an elephant hunter. The PH’s got me up close to several bulls. I was stunned at the size of the animals. They are really bigger than I thought. Holding a .375 H&H felt a little small to me. They need to be hunted and taken out of the area, but I am not so sure I am the one to do it. Just something about a big pile of gray death laying on the ground does not sit well with me. Maybe I will change.
7. I want to hunt a lion with dogs. And video it. And not get bitten or scratched.
8. We took a side trip to see Victoria Falls. Wow! Go do this. It is really cool and no, I did not bungee jump.
9. I added 35 birds to my life list. Being a hunter, I became a birder to fill in the sitting around times. Most PH’s are birders as well. Get a field guide and learn a little more about birds when you go to Africa.
10. Matupula means “knuckles” in the local language and was the name of the chief that gave Mark Butcher the area to hunt. Mapassa Big Game Hounds is named after a local tribal leader in South Africa.
11. There is a lot more camp and support staff on a leopard hunt than a regular hunt which means more money needed for tips. The dog handlers and various trackers worked very hard to find the cats and I tipped them well. One of the skinners was deaf-mute that had exceptional eyes for tracks and animals in the bush. He was an amazing guy and did a great job on the skinning.
12. Take a lot of AA and AAA batteries for the trail cameras. These are expensive in Zim.
13. Next time, I will buy a satellite phone. The cost is way down these days and air time is about $1 per minute. I meant to do that but forgot. Cell phone service is good in many of the areas we hunted but is seriously expensive for roaming – more than a satellite phone.
14. Affluent Russians are showing up more and more in Zimbabwe. The PH’s were very lukewarm on these guys due to the ethics, flamboyance and communication problems. Conclusion
I always ask myself after a hunt - Would I do this again?. If the answer is an emphatic "YES", it was a great hunt. In this case - YES! YES! YES! If you want a super cat, go with these guys. If you want a chance at a big Hwange bull elephant - go with these guys. Be prepared to hunt, walk and have fun. Everything was top notch down to the camps, the food and the vehicles. As I sit here, I am dreaming of a lion hunt with hounds. Now, that would be a great next adventure!!!! Appendix List of Birds and Animals Seen
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
African Grey Hornbill
Greater Blue-eared Starling
Green (Red-billed) Wood-Hoopoe
Pied (Southern) Babbler
African Harrier-hawk (Gymnogene)
Cape Turtle Dove
Emerald Spotted Wood Dove
Grey-headed Bush Shrike
White-browed Sparrow Weaver
Little Grebe (Dabchick)
Brown Snake Eagle
Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)
African Green Pigeon
Southern Black Tit
African Fish Eagle
African Hawk Eagle
Black Collared Barbet
Miombo Double-collared Sunbird
Crowned Lapwing Plover
African Wattled Lapwing Plover
European Barn Swallow
African Pied Wagtail
Black-winged Stilt (Plover)
Common Ringed Plover
Black Collared Barbet
Little Ringed Plover
African Yellow White-eye
Common Fiscal Shrike
Dassie (Rock Hyrax)