Ok, I found my notebook so now comes the proper report
Day 1 5 October 2007
Left JHB at 4:45 am. Had a good drive, roads very quiet. After a pit stop we arrived at Numbi gate at about 9:30 am.
We drove slowly to Pretoriuskop and had breakfastv at the restaurant. Afterward we strolled around camp checking out the birds and the various accommodation units, taking photos (please refer to the thread on Pretoriuskop in the Camps and Roads section
We walked over to the pool which is probably one of the best I have seen so far in the park. Once again refer to the pics in the Pretoriuskop thread. In the pool were several what we ID'd from the call as Olive Toads mating. Strings of eggs were stretched out across the water. Every now and then one of the males would call, a soft booming croak.
Checked into our 3 bed hut at 12 pm. At 2 pm we set out on a drive along the H1-1 toward Napi. The area around Pretoriuskop had recently burnt and the trees were fairly damaged although several were resprouting from the base. The grass in some areas was resprouting with fresh green shoots which animals such as impala and kudu were enjoying tremendously. Although the fires had been quite devastating the area is recovering and should look beautiful in a few months. One positive is that the long grass is gone so one can see far into the veld.
Due to the openness we saw easily spotted several common duiker, kudu and steenbok.
We turned in at Shitlave Dam and spent a half an hour or so, seeing terrapins, a grey heron, blacksmith plover, fish eagle, egyptian goose, a slender mongoose coming down to drink. The road to the dam is quite potholed in one short section.
We took the Napi loop, seeing a small herd of impala and a few meters further along saw right next to the road, lying quite peacefully, the young female leopard as shown above. She got up after a minute or two and started walking along the road away from us toward where the impala were. We u-turned and followed her. She walked toward a tree growing from a termite mound and almost climbed in. She then disappeared behid the mound and soon reappeared. In the meantime the impala had spotted her and started snorting and staring in her direction. This all quite amazed my 5 year old daughter. The leopard then turned around and walked off into the bush.
We pressed on and right at Napi boulder found 3 white rhinos. The spots on the side were flies. Note the oxpecker.
We completed the loop and returned along the H1-1 to camp. We spotted a lone elephant far off in the distance near Shitlaev Dam. About 7 km from camp I saw something dark cross the road a distance ahead. Something in my mind said sable. Sure enough when we got to the place there it was a beautiful sable bull a few meters into the veld aleady and too far for photos with a 3 x zoom point and shoot!
We arrived at camp and ended the day off with amarula on the rocks and a braai. Aah what a day!
Birds seen in camp: Green Pigeon, Brown-headed Parrot, Burchell's Glossy Starling, Yellow-eyed Bulbul, Purple Crested Lourie.
Birds seen on the road: African Cuckoo, Rock Kestrel, Grey Heron, Blacksmith Plover, Egyptian Goose, Fish Eagle
Animals seen: slender mongoose, impala, duiker, steenbok, kudu, leopard, white rhino, olive toad, terrapin, sable, vervet monke, baboon, elephant.[/list]