Sunday 13th .. cont...
The sightings board at Afsaal was no consolation to J and D (who were dying to see cats) as lion had been spotted that morning on the S25 ! I was instantly banned from suggesting routes again ! (family joke – anything that goes wrong is automatically ‘mom’s fault’ – whether or not I was even in the vicinity !)
That basically set the tone for the rest of our trip ! Lions were always seen on roads that we weren’t on, or before or after we went that way.
That is the beauty and mystery of Kruger – if you want instant lions, there are zoos !
Let me now state that, although hubby is usually very lucky with the spotted one, this trip put us firmly back in the “there are no leopards in Kruger” club ! However, we did see quite a few impala that were in need of flying lessons as they were apt to crash-land in trees ! This one right over the Voortrekker road was no exception
We vainly scanned the grass and bush in the vicinity and, after hearing that one chap had been there for an hour and a half and seen no sign of a cat, we decided to head for Pretorius Kop.
There was very little about. We drove the Fayi loop in the vain hope of seeing sable and, apart from a duiker and a waterbuck we first thought may be a reedbuck, there was little to report.
At Shitlhave Dam, there were the usual waterbuck with a very cute baby
Then a young kudu decided to cross
Followed by mom
While dad carried on feeding
On the road down to Transport Dam, this large ellie browsed, although, judging by his tusks, he had done some digging !
By the time we came back from the dam, he’d cleaned them off
Fortunately he was very peaceful and not contesting right of way !
So we proceeded back to Biyamiti. A very quiet drive both from a spotting point of view -- adding only warthog, squirrels, wildebeest and monkeys to our list -- and as the passengers were all taking a nap !
Once back, J and D took a walk around camp and we relaxed and got the braai going.
It had been a long day in the car.