Thanks a lot Elsa, Zippy Zebra, Toddelelfe and Jonty for your nice words – keep it coming!
@Elsa, yes, the “Gang of 4” needed really some food. They were under observation due to the collar hopefully no TB. Thanks for correcting me regarding the roller we saw plenty of them. It seems that these rollers are only a summer visitor in KNP – correct?
In the early morning we awoke due to some rude rumbling which came from outside of our bungalow. We thought that the vervet monkeys did some party this night but we were wrong. When opening the curtain I stood eye in eye with a hyena. This hyena was really very huge – I always thought hyenas were much smaller but I was wrong. The hyena made the noise by turning over the dustbins to check out for the remains of our braai last night. I was just to get out to collect the rubbish which was distributed all over the grass in front of our verandah when Hubby asked: “You will not go out alone, will you?” I replied: “Why not – the hyena has gone”. He armed an empty Coca Cola bottle and gave back: “I come with you!”. So the first thing we did this morning was to collect our rubbish - I in my nighty and hubby with a Coca Cola bottle – needless to say that the hyena had never been seen again….
When leaving the camp for our morning drive we realized that the dustbins from each and every bungalow have been turned over and the rubbish was spread all over the camp.
We decided to take the S3 very close to the Sabie river and to the fence then take some breakfast at Pretoriuskop and then on the Napi road via Shitlhave and Vervoer waterholes back to Skukuza. Unfortunately it was very quiet this day and not much game around.
Here a view of the S3. It looks a bit like Pafuri, very green with lots of dense bushes.
A very shy bushbuck
and some dwarf mongoose. Every time when we drove further they disappeared in the long grass. As soon as we stopped they came back looking curious on the road so you had to be very careful when driving.
Birding was again excellent. We saw several African fish eagles, little egrets, greenbacked herons, Jacanas, Egyptian goose and whitefaced ducks. Many rollers and a Burchells’ coucal.
An ellie waving his ears to get some cooling
and an impie hiding in the high grass.
A pintailed wydah – unfortunately a bit far away. This bird is really very difficult to photograph as they are very active in flying from branch to branch so no time to change lenses on your camera.
A very famous rock near Pretoriouskop
Also we could trace some baboons, impalas, waterbucks, hippos and kudus.
After a coffee break in Skukuza we took another short afternoon drive but as the whole day also on this drive not much game around. On Mathekenyane rock we could find the wellknown klippspringer there and we had another encounter with an animal which we never saw before on the gravel road S114...
We only realized that there was lying a very thing branch diagonal over the road, however, due to the vibrations of our car on that road suddenly this “branch” jumped up and disappeared in high speed in the long grass. Wow – this could only be a black mamba – what a snake! Unfortunately too fast to take a pics.
Very hungry we lit again our fire to do some yummy braai. This evening we could hear ellies breaking branches on the Sabie riverbed whilst braaing.