Good Evening to all again! Tonight Im not getting to the comments, promise to address all of you again tomorrow night. The bugs are out in full force again tonight and I just dont feel right blogging inside the caravan! I am also only going to do a short drive tomorrow and bring you anything that I see!
Just quickly Dalene D, tomorrow is not my birthday, but a very special day as its our 26th Wedding Anniversary! I have invited Marty and fam and Annette and friend over for dinner and that is why I will only do a short drive! If you say your birthday is in 6 days time, then we must have almost the same birthday..mine is on the 12th!
Quickly back to today. After I blogged last night and sorted out a few things I set my alarm for 4am, really wanted to see if anything happened with the lions that chased the buffs along the fence! As I set it, I got a message tellin me that I had 3hrs and 12 minutes till wake up time! Could not do it, so I switched the alarm off and went to sleep! Woke up at 6am with an SMS from Engel! Eventually got out on the road at 7am. Took the tar road up towards Olifants, wanted to do the Gudzani road and then onto Nwanetsi and back down the S100! First I met Dries and son that reads the blog..they told me they saw 3 male lions close to Satara this am….Where I wanted to drive did not happen again….I found this Lanner Falcon, (first for me) with a little Quelia….watched it for about half an hour…
It had just landed on the tree with the little bird…and then started cleaning and eating it…great to watch!
Then I met a couple who told me about lions catching a baby Zebra next to their car in the morning….it sounded like it was the same 3 lions that Dries told me about….shows you once again….right place at the right time…this lady was very distressed by the whole episode, so her husband took 2 pics and they left…also told me that thier daughter is working in Qatar! How small theworld really is! Norms came from the front and told me he had only seen some Elephants, so I turned around….
I did not find the lions with the Zebra kill…a man told me the lions pulled it further into the bush and you cant see it anymore. Then I took the tar road to Nwanetsi Picnic spot…and found this Hyena den on the side…they are just so qute when they are small!
I watched them for a while and more came out from the den…really all sizes!
I did find a dead baboon lying in the road, but not sure if it was killed by something in the troop or a car..really disturnbing to see a dead animal on the road! Not much other sightings on the road and I turned onto the Gudzani road…could not believe how full the Nwanetsi spruit is…in August only a almost dried out place..now water flowing all over! Made a quick stop at Gudzani dam and took this pic…not the best…and maybe should have spent a bit more time taking the pic…but at least you can see its full…almost overflowing!
It was still raining on and off…and I had to be quick…then as usual took the S100 back to camp. I did find this Bee Eater, that Marty told me is a juv. Carmine Bee Eater…the sun had just started coming out…but still very dark..
2 cars parked on the side of the road and I recognised it as the spot with the leopard kill in the tree…I stopped…oh, and must tell you the rude man yesterday that I reported were tracked down by Mobi and given a fine of R1500! Hopefully he will not get out again…and most of all, be so rude to ppl trying to help him and the animals….Iw as told here that the leopards were still around…ppl had seen them half an hour ago…so I found a nice spot where I could see the kill and an opening in the tree and waited..Wesley and SO came around…and they parked next to me and we started chatting….not long and they got a movement! The little one was at the bottom of the tree…I will not speak about the idiots today…all I want to say is….please think of other before you get out of your car..we waited for almost 2 hours and you came and spoil it for everyone…at least he left..and then all was quiet again…a movement in the bush…and its amazing to see how the leopards work together! The mother showed herself to us…just a glimpse…and while everyone is looking at her…the little one jumped back in the tree…and started eating the leftovers of the kill!
I think I was very fortunate to see this 2 days in a row…and I think that with these pics tonight you can understand how happy I am to be in Kruger….maybe the last I will see of this young one for now…who knows if I will see it again in years to come! I could also see today that it was a young male! May he have many children one day and be a good father!
He climbled up and tried to dislodge the kill…almost falling out of the tree…I could not take any pics as it was in the branches, but I once again waited for it to come out to that one spot I could see it all! And so it did!
First bringing up the last bit of the kill…
and then started eating th last bit of whatever was leftover…I took almost 4GB of pics..and again wish I could show you all of them…but not to be….I tried to take 3 of what I think tells the story…and once again so great to bring you pics of this leopard!
Then it lay down and just looked at us….really awesome to see that look on its face!
It turned around and continued eating at the bottom of the branch…I could not see it…Ian and fam came by and told me I would have a better look from the other side…but no, I was waiting to get that last look….as I looked up a big herd of Elephaant were approaching…no ways Im sitting in the road with them walking towards us..and I took this last pic as I had to go!
Glen and daughter were also there…maybe they got a glimpse of it at the bottom of the tree, if not….Im sorry…but they had to go…and sure you will kick yourself tonight as not even 10minutes after he left….this all happened!
I returned to camp at 3pm…got a pie from the take away, really starving…and then came back to clean up a bit and have a lie down! By 4pm I was up…but invited Annette and friend over for a braai and I had to get goiing with the food etc…but again…it took a long time…
Fenwickh and fam and friends came around….then Basil who teach in Sharjah…then Ian and clan..thanks for the beers and the apples…and by that time it was after 7:30…Luckily, Annette and then got delayed ….an Elephant blocked the road from Nsemani Dam to camp and almost 50cars arrived more than 40 minutes late for the camp! Apart from that excitement, they also had a leopard that killed an Impala at the dam…sadly….the ppl drove right up to it and it left the kill and dissapeard into the bush…really hope it will come back and fetch its prey!
Eventually the fire was going and Annette and Angie arrived…then all of a sudden the little black bugs were back! You cant believe how many of them are around …millions..and they once again got into everything…my hair, my food, my fire, my ears! I switched off all the lights and Annette would only shine the torch when I really needed to see anything….made fillet steak with potatoe wedges and a salad…that all done, we ate inside tonight…as they were going the bugs became less and I can at least sit outside here now and bring you a blog! The mosquitos have also come out in full force..and the other beetles are really testing my patience! But, the blog is done, I have survived another night with them all…and what a great day I had!
Tomorrow night I will only address the comments, unless I see something awesome!