- Two cheetahs quietly watching a herd of gazelles blunder towards them. Surely time to attack? Not according to the cheetahs and they should know. We wait - suddenly one of them is off, the chosen victim quickly brought down, its neck clamped between white teeth and brought to within 5 metres of our minibus. The second cheetah looks on and learns - his turn next time. With chilling efficiency the carcass is dismantled and consumed, a blood-stained face occasionally raised for another round of clicks. Somehow, our lunch of hard boiled eggs pale into insignificance. Mwalla was outstanding in three specific ways. His knowledge of the animals and birds was outstanding and the briefest glance was enough to identify a White rumped helmet shrike inter alia. Secondly, he knew where things were happening, partly from phone calls and words from other drivers but also his unerring sense of the spaces and how animals behave in them. Third, a mature and wise man, equal to any request or difficulty and totally in control of his immaculately kept vehicle.
Published on: 08 March 2016