Tuesday 25th Sept. Day 4.
After all the heat of the past few days this day dawned blissfully cooler and overcast with a definite hint of some rain to come.
At the gate at 6am, in at 7am, hooray!! things are improving.
Up the H4-2 and we see in no particular order,
Giraffe, in such numbers as I have never before seen in Kruger.
Impala, Warthogs, also very plentiful, Zebras, Common Duiker, Kudu, Baboons, Vultures, different varieties, the resident pair of F. Eagles in the dead tree next to the Sabie, seen almost every time we passed.
Some Trumpeter Hornbills flew past on a mission.
Ground Hornbills seem to be doing well as they were seen frequently. good news indeed.
We checked the rocks at Lubyelube Bridge hoping to see the Leopard that seemed to be hanging around there but not this day.
So onwards up the H4-1
The birds seemed to be enjoying the cooler weather and out in abundance.
Crested barbet, Grey Goway Bird, Coucals and these gorgeous White fronted Bee-eaters.
and then scuttling around in the undergrowth a lovely little Orangebreasted Bushshrike.
I do apologise for the quality as the bird was moving constantly
bt not flying, we do think it might have had a injury to its wing.
A little way up the road, came across a bit of a traffic jam, and found some Lions lying fairly deep the bush.
We attempted to wait for a while but when the guy in the car next to us started banging his hand on the roof and sides of his car trying to get them to do something we decided to leave.
The rain had started falling softly by the time we reached Nkhulu for our slap up breakfast but the intrepid 4 did not let this put us off and we found ourselves a nice big tree to shelter under and went right ahead. Yummy.
Carried on over the bridge and up the H1-2 finding no Elephant at the Elephant water hole but a Hyena instead.
No pic as he lay down in the long grass as I was about to take it.
Bushbuck, Steenbok. Waterbuck, Giraffe, Bataleur Eagles and Buffalo more or less completed the journey up to Tshokwane.
Just after Nkumbe this handsome Kudu posed for us.
And then at 12.45pm we saw our first elephants of the day!!
Followed by some Ostrich and this Reedbuck.
and then some interesting "cottonwool" plants.
At Lower Sabie, the sighting board revealed that Cheetah and Wld dogs had been seen on the S28 so that was our route for the outward trip.
Well, as much as we tried, no Cheetah or W. dogs but we did get to see this....
her eyes firmly fixed on a group of Impala grazing nearby but unfortunately the local vervet monkeys gave the game away, by screeching from the top of a tree and that was that as she slunk away into the bushes in disgust.
A little further on we had a Rhino crossing.
and then a really "bum" shot as he too ambled off.
It was only then that we realised we had actually seen the Big 5, today without even trying, altho the Lions were not up close and personal and the Ellies had not exactly been plentiful.
So ended another "tough" day in Africa.