Thank you all for your kind comments. Very stimulating.
Day 5 - February 2nd
A cloudy and relatively cool morning. I follow the Old Main Road (S 90) all the way to the Olifants river and see wildebeest, impala, zebra, elephant, black-backed jackal and giraffe. Just before the junction with the S 89 some weaverbirds (Southern masked weaver?) are quite active with a nest. I have the impression they are more collecting material then building a nest. After ten minutes they're gone.
The water level at the Balule bridge is low. After crossing the river somebody tells me lions killed an impala a few kilometers down the S 92. I find the lions (4). There is not much left of the impala and the lions lie in the shade. One of the lions decides to go the river and the other three follow soon and I continue to Olifants.
After a chickenburger and a little rest I go back to Satara via the S 90 - S 41 and the S 100. There are four elephants near Bangu and two are socializing.
Besides some kudu I don't see too much on the S 90. A white rhino is sleeping under a tree (S 41). On the S 100 somebody tells me about a pride of lions, male, lionesses and cubs, "five kilometers away and next to the road." I decide to go for it and pass a herd of buffalo, waterbuck and impala. After six kilometer nothing, after seven kilometer nothing and I start to curse myself for another fruitless lion chase. I was very wrong. After eight kilometers I see three cars and know I found the lions. I arrive just in time. A herd of impala is approaching and three lionesses make an ambush. But the impala's sense something is wrong and, after a lot of snorting and stamping, move away.
The pride walks to the Shibotwana waterhole for a drink. Some of the cubs play and the adults "conserve energy".
On the way back to Satara I see a Verreaux's eagle owl in one of the trees near the green bridge.