Our morning game drive (the second drive of our stay) at Bucklands Game Reserve during the Mini vs Maxi trip basically had two goals in mind. We wanted to walk rhino as well as giraffe with rhino being first prize. Not long into the drive we pulled over for some welcome coffee at one of the lookout spots before our search continued. There is a bit of a private joke involved in this stop which won't be retold here to preserve some reputations.
Our search came close on a couple of occasions. Werner, our excellent ranger, stopped at a couple of rhino toilets during the drive, always on the lookout for fresh dung. Rhino always go back to the same spot and create dung middens to mark their territory and finding fresh dung would have meant that we were close.
Werner picked up their tracks a few times but all a bit on the old side. Not long afterwards the call we were waiting for came through. The one female with her calf had been spotted and we headed straight over.
Perserverence pays off and after a short search we found them in the bush. Unfortunately it wasn't the most photogenic sighting, but still an awesome experience viewing one of the Big 5 on foot.