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TRACKING IN PILANESBERG
Pilanesberg National Park, S.A. Gus stuck his finger in a pile of dung and sniffed it before pronouncing: "Still warm, no more than an hour ago. Female rhino." It was an interesting start to our sunrise walk through the South African
As early rays of sunlight painted the
Cilly pointed to a dozen elephants moving
down through the bush.They were, she told us, heading for a
waterhole, where they would drink up to 200 litres by siphoning it with
their trunks to squirt into their mouths. Further along the
trail, she passed around pieces of what looked like muddy shredded wheat.
The undigested food showed why these huge beasts spend 18 hours a
day browsing on acacia trees to keep up with their energy needs.
Anyway, it was probably a bad start to her day. That single growl had
alerted all the neighbourhood animals. By
now, dozens of ears were attuned and dozens
of eyes searched for movement in the grass.
Not only the zebras, but eland and gemsbok as
well as giraffe grazing together in a mutual
Our game walk is just one of this park's
activities. The two to three hour motorized game drives in the
early morning and late afternoon are more popular for their close-up
views of the large animals. Other tours take in the park's human history, with a visit to a partially
restored village founded by settlers who arrived from East Africa three
thousand years ago.