Just back from 2 weeks of pure magic. Had some of the greatest sightings, and quite unbelieveable luck.
Some of our sightings included:
Duke on the S28 !!!!!
8 different leopard sightings (2 in tree with kill)
Litchtensteins Hartebees (first for me)
Cheetah on kill on S100
Black Rhino - 3 different sightings
Loads & loads of Lions
Herd of 500+ buffalo near Satara
Lots of raptors and some great owl sightings
3 Big tuskers - definitely material to take over Duke's mantle
Mating Lions, Elephants, Hippos & Vultures
Tiny baby rhinos
Lion kill 25m from lake panic
Lots & lots more !
Unfortunately no doggies. They still elude me.
And then off coarse the greatest of all. This must undoubtably be a new record for Kruger. 4 Days/ 3 Nights in Satara and not 1 lion seen
Saw everything else - cheetah, leopard, black rhino, loads & loads of Kori Bustards, but no lion.
Now unfortunately I have to also complain a bit. I feel really strongly about this. The south of the park is turning into one of those private game reserves. Maybe it was just the time of year we decided to go, but the amount of jeep jockeys on the roads is mad. They all seem to be in contact with each other, and race from one sighting to the next. On our last day in the park we came upon a leopard on a rock (sorry I don't have a map with me, but it's the raod that connects the S1 & H1-1 just before transport dam). Within 20mins there were at least 10 jeep jockeys there, and within another 30mins 10 more. It was complete chaos. I was stuck in the middle, and there was no way out. I started talking to one of the jeep jockeys (very nice guy by the way) and he told me that there were no other sightings found yet, and therefore everybody was racing there. This example might have been the worst of the lot, but there were many more like this over the 2 weeks.
Anyway - I don't want to moan too much - I'm just affraid that the situation is getting worse, and soon there will be no more space for us poor suckers in our cars. On the plus side, one can always follow one of these lads around for the day, and you will be assured of all the best sightings in the park
For anybody visiting the park in the near future. There is a mating pair of leopards on the H4-2 3.7km north of Lower Sabie. It is where the road crosses a river (sorry can't remember the name). They were seen there just about every day while we were there.
Will be sure to post some pics once I have them all sorted.