Fri 14th Sept
We were up before dawn today and packed up and left Mata Mata at 7.45 am, stopping at our usual picnic spot for morning coffee. All picnic spots are unfenced and in the middle of nowhere, quite often with remains of lion kill close by, so it's as well to keep a wary eye open ! The only fence is around the ablution block, with a mopani pole cage enclosing the ablutions.
Would hate to be stuck in there with a pride of lions outside !!
The area we visited most had shady trees around with plenty of interesting little birds and small rodents. Notice the weaver bird nests hanging from trees.
This Glossy Starling was curious as wanted a to pose for a pic!
This is me looking out from the cage around the ablutions!
A solitary and lazy "Waldo"
We missed lions drinking at waterhole 14, but saw them on the dunes before they disappeared over the top. They had been reported the night before with a kill. There was plenty of new spore all around the waterhole and over last nights tyre tracks.
Jackal digging in the mud
Ostrich taking sand bath with Springbok behind
Our only other Red Hartebeest sighting
Continuing on the beautiful dune road past Killiekrankie we spotted a Steenbok on the dunes, blending in well with the red sand.
A short distance on, as I was looking at the strange termite mounds, I noticed another African Wildcat laying in the shade of a larger mound. We stopped and watched it for several minutes until it moved out, marking the vegetation as it did so, and then crossing behind our vehicle it sauntered off on it's way.
As we drove over the dunes at KijKij waterhole we found a recent lion kill. About 10 lions with a fallen Eland. The pride was mainly resting in the shade, with the occasional feed. Other recent carcases lay nearby. As the lions were quite a distance and appeared to be settling down to rest for the day we decided to head on and return later that evening.
We arrived back and Twee Rivieren, stopping at the waterhole to watch two Martial Eagles and a Black breasted snake eagle at the waterhole.
Black-breasted Snake Eagle
We unpacked into Chalet 10 for the night, before heading back to the lion kill, to find several other vehicles had the same idea. As this was some 45 minutes drive, we stayed around until it was time to drive back before the camp closed, and before the lions decided to wake up.
We did again have the pleasure of watching plenty of Jackals waiting for their share of the kill.
We shared our chalet this night with a very fat ghecko and handsome cricket, the latter spent the night in the toilet and reminded me of a horned toad so I named him "Toady" - I grew very attached to the little creature and was crawling around on the toilet floor to get this picture !
That night, being our last in the park, we treated ourselves to a meal at the restaurant before retiring for the night.
to be continued.............
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