During this trip we stayed in bungalows and or huts. They were all clean and neat. However when you stay in one of them you are far away from nature. You cannot hear the same night sounds as when you are camping. Each and every night when I woke up for any reason, I went out to listen to the night sounds and once I was lucky enough to hear the raw of a lion. On two other occasions I heard the call of a giant eagle owl and scops owl.
I am also of the opinion that the showers were installed to suit Capricorns. Whenever I have a shower I have to bend double to wash my hair. Do you know how your back and neck feels after this?
At all the camps I drove trough the camping area. To my astonishment a lot of campers had insect killer gadget hanging in front of their tents and caravan tents, indiscriminately killing all insects. Why not hang it inside the tent or caravan tent were it might be needed. These gadgets are left on during the night.
We had two unusual sightings in the central parts.
About 3.4 kilometres from Nwanetsi picnic area we saw Njalas. According to the distribution of animals in “ Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park, by Heike Schutze” they do not appear
In that area. They were standing behind trees and we could not take a clear picture.
Near Satara we have also seen a Levaillant’s Cuckoo. Is it possible that the bird decided to stay behind for the winter?
At Girivana dam we saw three elephant of witch one’s left ear was bended (broken) to the front.
The cheeky little fellow tried his luck with the two bigger elephants by tiring to push them around. Each time he tried he came short. Eventually tried to push one around inside The dam. By now the biggest of the tree moved away to the right behind us. With our experience with the ellie at the bird hide still fresh in our memories I kept a constant eye on him. It looked as if the fellow with the bended ear pluked his moer, charged out of the dam trumpeting and attacked the veld as well as small trees. He was so angry that he stormed a medium sized tree and pushed it over in a second. With all this noise a forth elephant joint the one standing behind the vehicle to the right. They started pushing one another around. The one with the bended ear stormed back into the water and challenged the other one that was still standing in the water. By now I drove away from the two behind me but still curious to see what is happening?
My S.O recorded the entire incident on video. When you look at the tape your hair raises with the noise that the ellie with the bended ear made. We had to leave, as it was almost time for the camp gate to close. As it was the gate was closed just as we entered the camp. With the gate attended showing his watch to us shaking his head.
On the sweni road we saw two young lions lying next to the road. A red City Golf stopped and a passenger opened the back door got halfway out of the car tooled a photo as the car drove away. The lions have not yet lost all of their baby spots. I estimate that they are about 18 months old.
Just see how big his claws are.
At the picnic spot we found the occupants of the City Gold sun bathing in they’re under clothes. Both sexes. Wow what a site. White undi and pink skin. Hands open catching the sun rays.
On our way back on the S36 we saw a leopard that caught an impala. As more and more vehicles stopped the leopard crawled away and left the impala underneath a knob thorn tree. We waited for a period of time but there were to many cars and eventually left.
One morning I made a gat of my self, stopped next to a buffalo thorn tree in Satara. With the intention of getting warm water from the communal kitchen. I did not bend low enough and got caught up in the trees thorns. There I was stacked with thorns in my ear and cloths. My S.0 did not bother to help me. She sat in the car double bended holding her stomach laughing her head off. They’re by disturbing all the campers with no respect to those still asleep at 05H45 in the morning. I was not impressed at all. As I battled to free my self from the thorns, I silently promised her I will get you back Baby. And then when I was free she pretended to be very concerned about my bleeding ear. I would never have laughed and would have freed her from the thorns with tender loving care. But not an Angle, ooh noo, they would rather laugh.
One afternoon we watched an Impala ram collecting Impala ewe, chasing all the other rams away and at the same time collecting more ewe,s. After the breeding season he would probably be very thin and on top of that loose his territory.
I have named this photo white socks.
Just a couple of pictures of animals that we saw on the day that we left the park.
Ground horn bill
Two fish eagles sitting next to one another calling in harmony.
At Kumana Dam we saw this elephant.
Can he be one of the merging tusksters ?
As at the day we entered the park the second last sighting was that of a leopard on the dam wall of Gezanfombi dam.
With this we leave you until our next trip to Ghalagadi