We (Aat and Elly) were at the KNP from february 9th till 27th.
For me a special occasion since on the 24th I celebrated my 50th birthday in the KNP.
What did we see..... well we have seen a lot ! Almost all animals everybody likes to see, Big-5, Wilddogs, Cheetah, Black Rhino, Jackal, Hyena etc etc etc .......
We had to deal with very very hot weather (40 to 48 celcius) and some (3) rainy days.
Believe it or not but my present to my wife on valentines day was the Big5 in 3 hours..... We were planning to go to Orpen to buy potatoes since they were sold out in Satara. Leaving 07.15 , meeting buffalo > lion > rhino > leopard and elephant on 10.15 on the way back.....crazy but all on the road between Satara and Orpen.
Little summary: We saw 7 leopards, more than 60 lions, 3 cheetah's, 2 black rhino, 2 packs of wilddog, 7 black-backed jackal , 12 hyena's and lots of other more "regular" animals.
We saw a "meeting"between elly's and hyppo's and a "meeting" with elly's and buffalo in the water.
Almost every day we had a kind of special sighting.
Info: we started at Lower Sabie, next stop was Satara, than Crocodile Bridge, Berg and Dal and last Skukuza.
Beautiful weather (hot) and last few days a bit of rain.
I now (10-3-2007) completed 13 pages with lots of pictures on my website
3 pages with big cats, 1 with hyena and jackal, 1 with wilddogs, 1 with Rhino (B&W) 1 with elephant, 1 with Birds, 1 with just Wide shots,1 with Buffalo, 1 with "other animals" and 1 with mother/child pictures.
I included pics like many people will recognize like sometimes you have a sighting with animals far away and sometimes very closeby.
Take a look and let me know which picture(s) you like most ok ?
Our objective for this trip was.... Just to have a couple of nice weeks and enjoying all animals...and so we did. We were not hunting specific species but just took our time for all !
We stayed as long with the animals as possible, like a sighting with a pack of 20 lions (S41 - we were just alone with them) a sighting with a pack of 12 wilddog (S114) and with 3 cheeta's (S29). We liked very much to follow them for a while to see their behaviour.
I guess we were very lucky with all our sightings and I like to thank all these beautiful animals for showing themselves to us....since .....
All animals are moving Anywhere, Anytime and Anyplace and... yourselves are also moving so an encounter/signting is allways special and not a given thing !
(for member Wilddog..... If you like to get wilddog pics by email in any format just let me know ok?)
Hope you like the pics and the story.
Aat and Elly