I am still not satisfied with the image quality of the video clip but thought I'll share it with you in the meantime.28 September 2008 : Lower Sabie to Berg-en-Dal
We got up early and found a Baboon troop patrolling the lawn and turning dustbins upside down. They were soon followed by a SANParks worker chasing them away. My daughter went on a morning walk with Martie and Irving. It was a cool morning, overcast and there was a very slight drizzle from time to time. Found this moth on the front porch:
Left camp at gate opening and headed South on the S28 looking for Cheetah but unfortunately did not see them. At the dead Rhino site there were still no Lion to be seen.
Then we went North on the H10 and at the Muntshe waterhole saw a car parked. Took the bino's and after a lot of searching saw what they were looking at: Lions (1 male, 3 females and 2 cubs). They were quite far in and there was no opportunities for any decent photo's.
Back at Lower Sabie, my daughter was very exited about the bush walk - they got close to some Rhinos.
On the way to Berg-en-Dal via the tar road we saw general game as well as Buffalo and Ellies in the Sabie river.
View across the Sabie river - look at the barren ground in the foreground:
At Berg-en-Dal we got a 6 sleeper bungalow on the perimeter but unfortunately did not see any game at the fence. It was still overcast when we took the S110. A first for us was a Grey-headed Bush-shrike (Spookvoël) – no pic though.
On the S118 the veld was burnt. This is not a great photo but I would like to know if this is a Wahlberg's Eagle?
We watched a smouldering log
when SO shouted: Wild Dog!!! The relaxed mood in the car changed instantly as 5 adults and 3 pups came running towards us.
I had to turn the car around, as they ran past us into the veld. At first we thought they disappeared but we drove on slowly scanning the bush (or what was left of it) when they re-appeared!!
We followed them for 20 minutes – the 1st 15 minutes we were the only car. Photo opportunities were difficult as it still was overcast and late in the afternoon. They also did not stand still for more than a couple of seconds at most.
Nevertheless, it was a fantastic experience!! Wild Dogs - shaky at first due to faulty Video Cam LCD
So off we went to camp only to find this a few kilometres down the road:
The evening we took the spotlight down to the dam at the restaurant. Saw Waterbuck, Egyptian Geese and a Vervet Monkey sleeping in a tree. Then we heard a Leopard growling in the distance (to the East of the dam) – amazing sound! Well, if we can’t see them then I guess the next best thing is to hear that very distinct sound (3 times)