This is from EJ - her battery has died on her ...
On Sunday I was collected at Skukuza by the guides leaving Bush Camp as they dropped off their guests and taken back to camp with them. They then left, the new hosts had arrived, and after I got settled into the 2nd rifle hut I went back to Skukuza to wait for our guests. There was a large breeding herd of elephants at the Sand River causeway beginning to head down to the river and I hoped they would still be there on my return with the guests. I already knew the 1st rifle would be a bit late so I would take the guests to camp on my own.
The guests were a little late arriving and wanted to get hamburger to take-away with them, so the 1st rifle met us as we left Skukuza in the end. The ellies were still near Sand River causeway but just at the no-entry road junction above the causeway. We had a good stop with them and enjoyed watching interaction in the groupl. Eventually we had to move on because we were already late and needed to get back to be able to unpack and then go out for the sundowner drive.
We went to one of the turn-outs down the Sabie River on the Salitjie road and had a good drive there and back. Next morning we walked at Sandsteen Koppies (on the plain west of Nkumbe lookout). The weather was kind and not too hot for walking.
That evening we walked near Jones Dam and had a sundowner stop there before heading back. 2nd morning we walked at Sundwini, and that evening the guests did not want to walk, so we took a longer drive instead. On the final morning time was tight and again some guests did not want to walk so we had a short drive instead along the Salitjie road.
Sightings overall were good, with only a leopard of the big 5 escaping us. We had a lioness with 3 young cubs and an older juvenile, several rhino on foot and on drives, ellies on drives, buffalo herds, saddle-bill storks, many vultures, tawny eagles, kudu, nyala, zebs, impalas, porcupine, reedbuck, duikers, steenbok, wildebeest, hyenas, bushbuck, waterbuck…..
Yesterday afternoon I changed our vehicle and we now have a 4x4 game drive vehicle which is more suitable for our needs. I then came back to a very quiet camp, and had it totally to myself for the night. Bliss! Heard hippo, leopard, lion, hyena, impalas, baboons, bushbuck….
This morning a lion is calling in the river bed in front of camp…..and I managed to see him and get a couple of photos. Lots of birds moving around, and the monkeys were a bit of a problem earlier on, but moved off when they found nothing here for them.
Shortly will leave for Skukuza again to do a couple of admin things, and then wait for the folk coming for the Earth Sciences course. Weather is a bit overcast and generally cooler today, but the sun has pushed through the clouds a couple of times.
At Skuluza I will try to find time to log on and post this report…..
Battery running low so not sure how much I will get done at the moment.....