I decided that in the afternoons I would take part in a riding safari but the mornings were time to relax and that's just what I did. On the morning of our third day, we decided to explore a little on foot. We hadn't really walked around our lodge and had only stuck to the path leading up to it. So, we climbed down from our little pool area which was overlooking the savannah. Unfortunately, I didn't think to bring a camera.
When we climbed to the bottom, we began to explore the bush. Movement caught my eye. I turned my head to the bottom of a tree, casting shade upon a very strange looking animal. It was a mammal, around the size of a large dog. It had a very rounded body, large erect ears and a long snout. I knew it had to be an aardvark.
The aardvark foraged for a moment that seemed to last an eternity. We were standing only a few metres away and the animal seemed unphased by our arrival. Eventually, the aardvark retreated to a large burrow, the tips of its large ears disappearing from view. What a sight.
Aardvarks are nocturnal animals so it's very rare to see them during the day. When we told the others who were on the trip about the sighting, they were sceptical. One guide brought an image up on his phone and asked if this was definitely what we saw. Yep, it was definitely an aardvark. Everyone was stunned and a little jealous. I felt quite proud of the sighting. It's just a shame I didn't have my camera on me!