Thanks to Annalie, latenight, Aboon and Jackie for your replies. Also welcome to latenight on the forum!
I decided to do trip 3 in 2 parts.
Trip report 3 : 1 – 5 May 2008.
I am not concentrating (seeing that it’s the 3rd report) on the “normal” animals in this report, but were seen and appreciated.
Our accommodation were 1 night Pretoriuskop and then 3 nights Lower Sabie.
I normally enter the gates as they open, but this time only left Pretoria at 08:30.
At least I was on my way to Kruger!!
We entered Phabeni gate at about 13:00. The first animals to see were 2 lions, but they were lying sleeping (as usual) too deep in for photos.
We also found this ellie on the road. Poor Marula tree!!
We were told by the gate guard to go Shitlhave dam for there were lions there.
And found them in the rain!! (Sorry! not the best fotos!)
The next day we drove the Fayi loop and found these Kudu in the tall grass …. Wild dog spoor and dung… but no wild dog!
We took Napi road (H1–1) and found a breeding herd of about 10 sable! Wow my day was made !! 3 trips in a row that I have seen Sable!!
(sorry no photos, they were too deep in tall grass) Then we found these 2 chameleons on the road.
On the S65 we found 3 painted dogs. My favourite!!!! They were sleeping, then standing up playing, but quite deep in the bush, but definitely better than nothing!
Day 3 had its own enjoyment!
We found on our way to Dukes waterhole a side striped jackal and Kori Bustard and then this hyena at their den on the S130
And also these 2 white rhinos.
We then went to Mpondo dam, and we took the S21 back to Lower Sabie.
As we were getting closer to a dip in the road an Impala male walked straight towards us! Not in a hurry at all! It was rutting time and it was not strange to see that they look like they were on drugs…. I still commented that this male’s hormones were playing hide and seek with him. We passed the Impala and in the dip we found this friend…
He was not to friendly with us! His eyes said: Why did you interfere with my lunch? But after 5 minutes decided to find a new “lunch box”… We were the only car at this sighting!
We went back early as we were booked on the sunset drive. Lower Sabie drives I can recommend to any body as I have done plenty of them and have seen always something worthwh ile, even when the weather was against us! This drive was nothing different! We even nearly saw a human kill on this drive, and was not our guide!
Our guide was Robert. A very good guide. We drove the H4-1 towards Skukuza. The first sighting after Sunsetdam was ellies. A baby elephant ( about a year old) decided he will tell us that he did not like us but he started trumpeting we laughed at him and he ran back into the bushes to fetch help and came back with an older “brother” at 10 cm higher than the first one! Oi! They had no ego left!!
We saw all the normal game, fish eagles, etc. As the sun was setting we arrived at these 2 lions and a “clown” in a car! Sorry! I have no photograph of the “clown”! The “clown” was a South African!!
Here he was watching the "clown"
When we arrived the “clown” was parked on the one side of the road and the lions were lying on the other side of the road. How wide is a road?? 6 maybe 8 metres?? The gates already closed and he was still on his way to Skukuza, another ± 35km away!!
He climbed out and sat on his window to take photos.
The male started to growl at him and Robert shouted at him to get back into his car… that he did. There were a third lion, a bit further about a 100m. So the “clown” started his car and drove forward to the 3rd lion.
Again he sat on his window taking pictures of the 3rd lion and then turned around and started taking pictures of the couple mating at the back.. He was unaware that lion no 3 went for him, as the lion went around the nose of the vehicle we all shouted at him and he climbed back. The lion got a fright and ran into the bushes. Robert immediately reported the vehicle on his radio. I am sure if the “clown” knows how close he was to his death!
What makes me even more mad is that if this guy got injured, the lion will be the one to suffer!
Later we found a male leopard, another breeding herd ellies, probably 10 hippos crossing the road, 2 porcupines, small spotted genet, lesser bushbaby and all “normal” game. (sorry, night drives are not good for photography, except if you have a huge flash!)
Except for the “clown” what a drive!
To be continued!! Day 4 and 5 will follow.....