Saterday, 19 may 2007 Skukuza
At 6.00 we left the camp. It didn’t take long before we saw something nice. On the H11 first elephants and a little bit further hyenas. They had a very small cub with them. It was so cute. Unfortunately someone was in a hurry and passed the hyenas too close and too fast.
The little one got scared and run off. There were about 6 hyenas. One of them wore a collar. We watched them for quite a while until 2 hyenas started to treat our car like chewing gum.
We then decided to move on. Some 50 m further were 2 other hyenas.
On the S1 we saw a leopard crossing the road. This one was shy too, but I managed to take a picture of him.
On the S1 we also saw a lesser black-winged plover (Senegal lapwing), which we haven’t seen before.
On the s3 was a lot of common game and a herd of buffalo’s coming from the river.
Back on the S1 a snake on the road was picked up by a dark chanting goshawk.
On the same road we were told by the driver of a safari truck that there were lions on the s112. We decided not to go, as it was not nearby and it would be probably very busy with cars. Instead we went to the birdhide. It is a very nice place to be. There were a lot of crocodiles, hippo’s en birds.
Near the birdhide we saw a hippo. It’s weird to see them on land instead of in the water.
After lunch at Skukuza we went to Renosterkoppies dam. Again we weren’t disappointed there. Wildebeest, white rhino, impala’s, baboons, warthogs and red+yellow hornbills. We enjoyed it.
After a while we took the s112 where we found the lions, we were told about. They were lying on a rock, behind bushes. Then we left for Transportdam. Where we saw a herd of zebra’s coming for a drink. They were so nervous. Many times they got scared, ran away and returned again to the water. It was nice watching them.
On the s65 a snake crossed the road and got into a tree. I think it’s a boomslang.
We went to the birdhide until 17.10. On our way back to Skukuza we again met hyenas.
At Skukuza we had dinner in Selati restaurant. What a nice place that is. We enjoyed it very much.
elephant, kudu, hyena, leopard, zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, impala, vervet monkey, baboon, duiker, steenbok, lion, white rhino, buffalo, warthog, hippo, bushbuck, wildebeest.
Skukuza, H11, S1, Pbabeni gate, s3, s4, S1, H11 (birdhide), Skukuza, H1-1, s114, s112, H1-1, s65, S1, H11 (birdhide), Skukuza.