Day 2- 19- July 2019
Up at 5:30 , rusks and coffee then we headed out for another "Dagga Boy".
Before long we sighted a couple of bulls watching us up ahead on the side of the track and as we approached they crossed the road and at least three other bulls followed.
The plan now was to find the running tracks and get the trackers to follow up the bulls while we headed to a vantage point ahead where we expected the herd to cross.
We dropped the trackers off and headed off on the tracks and headed off in the vehicle to the spot where we thought the bulls would emerge, set up on the sticks and waited quietly.
We only had to wait 20 minutes or so before the bulls crossed in front of us but it was at 150m and they were on the move.
Quickly we ran around at an angle to try and head the bulls off and hopefully get into a position of ambush.
Once in position a nearby Marula tree was climbed to try and get a view of where the bulls were heading.
From the tree two bulls were sighted slowly walking toward us at around 70m but we couldnt see them from our position on the ground due to the thick cover.
Marius got me set up on the sticks and we waited as the two bulls slowy approached our position.
The two bull came into view and adrenaline started to flow as Marius quickly assessed the bulls and said to wait as one of the bulls was soft.
The bulls approached to within 10m of our position before a whisper cam from Marius that we could do better than the hard boss bull that was in front of us.
A shout was given and both bulls stopped,looked up and thankfully headed for other parts That was close.
We waited a further 15 minutes to see if the other bulls were following but the trackers comfirmed that they had split from the herd soon after crossing the track.
We went back with the trackers and picked up the tracks of the tree bulls that had split and followed them until we could see that they had joined the two bulls we had encountered,it was then decided to let them settle for the remainder of the day.
That afternoon at around 3:00pm we headed to an area where the seven bulls were sighted the previous evening and set up position behind a fallen tree to wait and see if they came in to the area on dusk again.
At around 5:30pm a big lone bull approached from cover at around 80m but Marius quickly assessed him as a young bull and still soft.
It was at this point Marius spotted a cloud of dust rising above the the thicket in the distance and said that it was most likely a herd of buffalo approaching and thing would get interesting.
Before long a herd of around 50 buffalo came into view and the herd contained cows,calves and a few young bulls.
The buffalo walked past our position within 10m heading toward a water hole. The herd watered and proceeded to head on out and that was when a couple of cows caught our scent. At this point the herd didn't bolt but proceeded to surround us ,snorting and raising,lowering their heads indicating they weren't happy with our presence.
Things were a little tense in our little camp at this stage with four of us huddled back to back facinig 50 or so pissed off buffalo.
Some of the buffalo apprroached within 6m and at this stage Marius called the trackers who were waiting in the bakkie nearby to bring the vehicle to our position quickly.
Within minutes the trackers arrived and brought the bakkie within 3m of our position behind the tree and the directive was given by Marius to quickly get in the bakkie.
The buffalo continued to surround us and had no fear of us or the bakkie and had to be persuaded to move on by shouting and manouvering the bakkie and eventually they trotted of into cover.