After stopping at a camp to stock up on supplies we had a look at the wildlife sighting map. Each camp has a map of the surrounding area that people can mark down the various high profile wildlife sightings (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog)  for that day and the day before.  We were both hoping to see wild dog, but we would really have to be lucky to spot them as they are very rare in the park.  Someone had posted on the board that they had seen wild dog in the area and so we headed off to try our luck.  While we didn’t see any wild dog we did come across a lot of other wildlife including a large herd of elephants playing in a waterhole (photos to come), zebra and of course impala.  However, with most wildlife drives I usually see something unique and unexpected, which is what these three photos illustrate.

We came down a steep section of the gravel road and had to drive across a section of road that had been flooded by a small pond adjacent to the road. As we approached the flooded road I spotted a turtle, then another and another. They appeared to have spotted us and had no fear of our car.  As our tires touched the water they started walking more quickly towards the car. Soon over 10 were ‘running’ towards the car.  To get these photos I put my wide angle lens on, opened the door, held my camera just above the water and tried to center a turtle in the middle of the frame so that the camera would automatically focus on it. Thankfully it worked and I managed to get several photos from their perspective.  It wasn’t until I got home that I figured out that these are Serrated Hinged Terrapin (Pelusios sinuatus), a relatively common terrapin found from East Africa down to South Africa. Apparently they are naturally quiet bold as a found several photos of them perched on top of hippos!  I suspect these ones associate cars with free handouts as they were way too friendly.

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