A first attempt!!
Up at 04:30, out the garden gate at 04:55, mist and drizzle from the Castlebridge turn off all the way to Numbi Gate at 05:25. The queue stretches back so I am stopped under the railway bridge. With the low cloud and the drizzle it is still completely dark. The gate opens and I find my self as the only visitor booking in. the queue was a couple of tourist busses and their accompanying fleet of open game viewing vehicles. The passengers appeared to be loath to leave the comfort of the busses in the wet and dark!
05:35 and niknak is on the way. A left onto the S7 for a slow tour around Shabeni in the semi-dark, I believe I had a fleeting glimpse of a spotted one but would not care to bet on it in the dark.
Turned on to the S1 meaning to go to Kruger Gate on the S3. All I saw were a few and I mean a few impala, a small heard of zebra and a big male white rhino who appeared to be in a great hurry to be somewhere else. The drizzle and poor light conditions made any photography impossible.
Other than impala there was not much happening on the S3 until I came across a lone elephant bull feeding just far enough back to be partially obscured at all times. This prompted an impulsive turn onto the S4 to get to the Doispane road. The light had improved and wildebeest, giraffe, kudu and impala were feeding next to or near the road. The traffic on the road was horrific with streams of cars traveling at what in my opinion was excessive speed. Inland school holidays have started! The game on or next to the road was stressed and once again the photographs were not up to scratch.
The S65 appeared to be a better option than the Doispane road. For once fate smiled on me! At the N’waswitshaka waterhole a pride of lions were laying up. The sighting was becoming a bit overcrowded! Time to move on! Truth be told the time was after 9 am and my guts was reminding me that breakfast was overdue.