The line has been band-aided at last.
Day 3 The purple patch
Every now and then Kruger smiles on you and you have an almost unbelievable session. This was ours.
I briefly met wildchild the previous evening and he told me of a pair of lions that had brought down a buff at the Biyamiti causeway. This was confirmed by others, so we set off for the kill.
Before reaching the S25 turnoff we were able to tick off our first big fiver for the day, a white rhino. We had just turned into the S25 when an inquisitive hyena sniffed around our car.
A little further on, there were a few eles in the bush at the side of the road and then all of a twice, we had that wonderful feeling that does not come when you are driven to a good sighting, it only comes when you round a corner or ridge a rise, and there is something lying in the road. As we approached we saw it was a WILD DOG!!!!! - and another! We drove very slowly and recognised fellow Croc Bridgers on the far side of the sighting. The dogs got up and started walking away from us and another THREE joined them from a floodwater scoop. They set off past the other car jogging down the road
After about half a kay they had had enough and one rolled in some fresh ele dung
the rest decided to lie down again
We stayed a few minutes but nothing doing. Great, so we continued and about another 300 metres a few impies were looking very nervously in their dierction. I spotted a long tail disappearing into the shade a bit further down the road and as we got closer, it was a leopard!! A big fellow who then got off the road and started wandering off into thickish bush
Wow! we were on a roll. We had just composed ourselves when a hyena jumped in front of the car for about 25 metres and then ran off to the side. It had an impala head in its jaws, trailing entrails!
After all this, the 2 lions at the buff carcass turned out to be a bit of an anticlimax, as they were sleeping a way off and we could only smell the carcass. Talk of smelling, my minister is just as bush crazy as I am as he is a Zimbo, and as we were admiring the carefree lion in the riverbed, he drove across the causeway from BergnDal and we exchanged info.
A bit further along was arguably the best sighting of all - this African hawk eagle that I have never seen in Kruger before, and have seen only 2 previously, one in Pil....berg and the other in Nam.
It posed beautifully and then flew off - joined by a mate in another tree!!
The rest of the day was very ordinary compared to our hour from 5h15, but when Kruger smiles on you, she can really do it with style!
The next instalment is not for sensitive viewers and contains possibly offensive material entitled Sex and the Kruger