DAY 2 - SATURDAY 12th MAY 2007
Our first full day in the park. Up early and through the check-in procedure by 6.15am. A bit of a shock for our Capetonian friends who enjoy a late lie in!!
Our route today was along the H4-2 to Lower Sabie. Breakfast at Sunset Dam then along the Salitje Road to Skukuza and Lake Panic for lunch. Then down along the H3 to exit through the Malelane Gate with quick detours to Transport Dam and the S118.
The road to Lower Sabie started off well when we saw a couple of white rhino. The rest of the road was quiet in the early morning with the only bit of excitement being when we stopped by a car only to be told that we had just missed a leopard.
Sometimes it is better not to ask what people were looking at!!
At Sunset Dam we were entertained by some Hippo’s on the far side, especially two young ones that were running around. It was interesting to see the different colouring of the young ones. One looks quite pinkish!!
While eating breakfast, a water monitor popped his head out from the shrub next to us to see if there was anything for him!!
By the dam a Threebanded Plover kept his eye on us.
The Salitje Road was very quiet until the last part. I was very excited to see a Dark Chanting Goshawk which made the trip worthwhile.
A few buffalo were grazing peacefully just before we reached the tar road.
Soon after joining the highway to Skukuza, this raptor was perched on a branch surveying the Sabie River. I could not get a shot of it from the front but hopefully someone can identify it from the following sideviews.
Off to Lake Panic for a peaceful hour. Birds spotted included Grey, Goliath and Blackcapped Night Heron, Pied Kingfisher, Water Dikkop, Whitefaced Duck and African Jacana. Their large feet are ideal for walking on the waterlilies.
To be continued