In addition to twice daily vehicle based game drives, Simbambili Game Lodge offers a daily bush walk after breakfast. We took advantage of this opportunity twice. Going out on foot is an entirely different proposition than riding in a Land Rover. To most animals, the car looks like one giant but non-threatening four-legged creature rather than a machine filled with tasty morsels. On foot, animals associate two-legged creatures as different and potentially threatening. Safety is the number one consideration on the bush walk and we stayed behind our armed ranger, Pierre, at all times. We focused on birds, tracks, plants, and dung on our walks.
We learned about how the relative age of tracks is determined by what's on top. For example, are the leopard footprints on top of or underneath the tracks of the Land Rover?
We stopped to get a closer look at a leopard track.
We also saw evidence that a hippo had wandered through this area as evidenced by his mighty tracks.
In addition, hippos mark their territory by flinging their dung around as we can see below.