With the dry season firmly entrenched, the pale grasses and leafless trees and shrubs make game viewing easier. The Mwagusi River bed is a layer of dry sand that belies the savings account of water still lying close to the surface. The elephants make withdrawals, opening holes to drink and bathe, then leaving the holes open, allowing smaller species to gain access to the treasured water. Lunchtime in dining often gives sightings of Yellow Baboons, Impala, Greater Kudu, Banded Mongoose and a variety of birds gathering to take their turn.
What a busy week it has been at Mwagusi. Busy in terms of game viewing that is. Guests have been really privileged to see all of the three big cats during an afternoon drive, on more than one occasion. Heading out on Thursday our guests witnessed a male cheetah feeding on an impala, a single leopard resting away the day’s heat in a big baobab tree and lions feasting intensely on a zebra carcass. What more could you ask for on an afternoon game drive around Africa’s best-kept secret, Ruaha National Park.