Sunday 25th April 2008. It was a beautiful sunny and clear morning when Elsa, Klystron and myself entered Kruger at Crocodile Bridge. It was Elsa and Klystron's first trip into the park in their new car so Klystron had great fun fiddling with this and that.
We decided to do the S28 and head up to Lower Sabie for something to eat. On our way we found:
This Goliath Heron welcoming us into the park by the low bridge at Crocodile Bridge.
We then found this Pearl Spotted Owlet clearly showing off his false eyes on the S28
Within 45 minutes of entering the park we were lucky enough to see this pride of lion walking across the S28 with great purpose. Clearly they were looking for breakfast and another few minutes, and we would have missed them. Timing is everything in Kruger. The last lioness is clearly feeding young and we think she is the lioness we saw a few days later with the cubs.
The shortly after seeing the lion we came across this Lilac Breasted Roller and he was way to pretty to ignore.
After having a quick stop at the Ntandanyathi Hide which has been revamp and is now splendid we found this handsome kudu.
Back on the H4-2 we found a White Backed Vulture catching some rays
This little male Steenbok giving us a quick look before dashing off into the bush
We stopped for a bite to eat and coffee at Lower Sabie. This coffee comes highly recommended by Klystron who enjoyed a cup every chance he got. It had a lovely flavour and compliments must go to the staff for great service.
Off again and Elsa decided to take us along the S128 were we found this White Crowned Shrike which was a new tick for me.
Then we see a few jeep jockeys going past us on the S29 and we know there is something special ahead. Sure enough, we find this beautiful male cheetah resting under a bush.
Back over the Lower Sabie bridge to make our way back down the H4-2 we find this Juvenile Wire Tailed Swallow and this hippo promising a nice open mouth but just not getting it right.
What a great day in the park. We drive back to our timeshare feeling happy and relaxed, all our worries out the window. Upon our arrival back we see this herd of buffalo who Marital and Tawny told us had been around all day, starting to move along. With the sun going down behind them it created a lovely scene.
Thanks to Pumbaa, Annalie and Elsa for helping to move to a new page.
@Pumbaa - you are right, it should be. I can't believe the beautiful cheetah sightings we saw and I doubt think we will ever see that many in one trip again.
@Annalie - Elsa's cast turning blue was doctors fault. He removed the white one so he could check up the cuts and remove the stitches, and then only had blue so poor Elsa now has a fashion challenge every morning.
@ Elsa - That sunset was indeed stunning and even more so knowing how close you came to missing it.