Pole to Pole
Day 100: Seronera to Lake Manyara
Once, he recalls, he had checked the area around a tree before laying out a picnic only to find, halfway through the picnic, that a leopard was actually in the tree above them finishing off its kill. Someone noticed, screamed, and that brought the leopard tearing down.
I confess to him that my only disappointment of the safari has been an absence of rhino and leopard. Kalului attempts to redress this by an amazing park-full of impersonations, from leopard to rhino to tortoise to jackal, mating wildebeeste, and the animal he unhesitatingly names as the most dangerous of them all, the buffalo.
'Many times buffalo is chasing me . . . '
I ask him what he does in such a case.
'I running . . . up the tree!'
He grins broadly, almost as if remembering one of life's forgotten pleasures.
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