Northern Kruger with the beasts
Went to Kruger for 6 nights. Didn’t see much.
We really didn’t see very much, but for those of you interested in birds and things, here goes.
Entered the park after a very quiet and uneventful journey at Orpen gate where rangers were manning a small road block and for the first time in my life, I saw them turning away everyone who didn’t have a confirmed booking. The park was 100% full due to a long week end and the school holidays, so we really felt privileged being allowed to go in. After a quick pit stop at Satara, we headed North along the tar road towards Letaba, our camping destination for the next 2 nights. Not far from Satara, we came across another ‘roadblock’ only this was being manned by a (sleeping) pride of lions. When we arrived we counted no less than 32 vehicles, a new record for me so it took a while to get through. Thank goodness the lions weren’t awake and actually doing something.
Spent a very quiet afternoon/evening having drinks looking out over the Letaba river, when I realized I had just achieved another first for me – I had been in the park for most of the day and not even unpacked my camera yet! What is happening?
As we really didn’t see much, I’ll not give an hour by hour report, but rather a few highlights of the things we did see. The first 2 days in the park were spent around the Oliphants River area, providing as always a few good bird sightings.
Klaas’s Cuckoo in the camp at Oliphants.
Saddlebill (Mrs) At the low water bridge near Balule.
Water Monitor Lizard coming out for his morning bake in the sun.
From the wonderful deck at Oliphants we could just make out a lion kill on an island a long way upstream, for which a whole assortment of vultures had gathered and were patiently riding the thermals.
Through binocs I watched two hyenas pacing anxiously, ever ready to steal their share and preventing the lone lioness from having a drink from the nearby water.. All this while I sipped on a fruit juice and scoffed down a toasted bacon and egg. Yummm!
Good to be in Kruger