They indeed were a wonderful sight Daggaboy, pity we missed each other.
Mark we still debating the fifth leg but I think “one you can’t stand on” will do just nicely.
Feeling refreshed after our siesta we lazed around on the veranda looking at the birds, squirrels and my SO had seen an antelope which he thought was a female bushbuck in the thicket next to our cottage.
We were soon on our way for the night drive and saw a white rhino just outside camp and then on the bridge over the Biyamiti on the S25 we had another magical moment. We came across a herd of ellies of all sizes simply carrying on with their business and quite oblivious to our presence.
Youngsters were jostling each other testing their strength, ellies feeding and drinking water. They were really not concerned with us and it was great to be able to spend time with them. The ranger informed us that elephants have a “fear” of bridges and never used them. Can anybody verify this?
We then headed towards CB and on the H4-2 in the Gomondwane area we saw a beautiful male and 2 female lions. We headed back to Biyamiti via the H5, S108, S25 and picked up a genet and bushbaby along the way. Too quickly we were near the camp thinking what a wonderful day looking forward to a good nights sleep……yawn…..zzzzzzz.
……….barely a kilometer from the camp, a huge herd of buffs. Alert and huddled together. Then we pick up a lioness playing advance/retreat and another in the reeds. We limit the use of the spotlight trying not to influence the outcome in any way but it is difficult. Enjoy the spectacle for 10 minutes.
We go to bed wondering the outcome and fall asleep to the roar of a lion. Up bright and early the next morning we head to the scene of the lion/buffalo encounter….nothing. We just sit around for a while enjoying the beautiful sunrise in this tranquil setting.
Breakfast at Mphondo dam looking at impala and crocs and then up the S114 to Skukuza. At the junction with the S113 a tour guide informs us that there are lionesses and cubs on the H3/H1-1 intersection. So, they all not bad and in all fairness the tour guide at the 4 lion sighting was very courteous and considerate.
We get there and park off. We can get a glimpse of one lioness in the distant, an ear twitching, a tail flicking. We want to move on but are now blocked by the jeepjocks (thanks for the term Bert). The one in front of us start reversing and ignores our frantic waving of hands. She is getting ever so close and my SO does something we have never done in 26 years of visiting the park – hoots – how sad is this.
We return to Biyamiti via Skukuza, Nkulu and the S21, S114 and the S139. Feeling sleepy after a hearty lunch we decide to relax on the veranda when my son very excitedly says “leopard”. I grab binoculars and camera and my SO who had dosed off jumps off the sofa trying to orientate himself…