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Day 38 and 39 Letaba (7 / 8 of 13) May 18 / 19

Note the large tusks, when we tried to pass the Elephant on his right he turned and charged us with a lot of trumpeting. I managed to get the car under control about a 100 m away. A real adrenalin rush. I gave Lettie the camera anticipating a problem and told her to click away if he charged, she got such a fright and dropped the camera in the car.

Day 39 19 May

Planned to take the river road to Olifants but as we left camp changed our mind and decided to take the river road to Mingerhout dam S47. From there we took the S131 and did a new 2 track road which crossed the tar H9 and ended on the Sable dam road S51.Saw some magnificent large Tuskers. We spent some time at the Sable bird hide which is on the Sable dam. You can overnight at the hide, it has fold down beds and an enclosed braai area. It is available from 30 min before gates close to 30 min after gates open when it is again open for general viewing. Had lunch at Masorini Archaeological site and returned to camp along the tar arriving back at 16h00 a long day in the saddle.
When we got back we looked at the sightings board and saw that Leopard had been seen on the road that we planned to take in the first place, we seem to be making the wrong choices as this is not the first time we have missed something.

Day 38 18 May

Early morning drive to Matambeni bird hide on the northern side of the Letaba river. Went all the way to the Longe lookout point, very little game to report on, but a great scenic drive with a great view of Engelhard dam, it is on the list for a return trip before we leave.

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