Thanks to p@m; Johan N; lulu82; billyf; lorrainepring and Annalie
for all the comments. Day 4:
We decided that today we will only stop for very interesting sightings, seeing that we had a looooooong trek.....
and interesting sightings we had!!
We left camp just after the gates opened and found Scarface where we saw him the previous day.
It rained the previous night. This time he gave an performance: He walked for 2+ km in the road, marking his terroritory, lying in the road, next to the road, rolling like a cat … and roaring (see video clip) WOW! What a start for the morning!! We spent probably an hour with him!! … and only 4 cars…
Video Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdKYKGltgog
Now… we had to leave!! Lower Sabie was still VERY FAR and it was already HOT!!
On the way to Lower Sabie we encounter twice lions. They did what lions did the best... sleep!!! One group at Mopani and 1 group between Olifants and Satara.
Close to Tshokwane we encountered an OSV. The guide ignored me, instead he was watching something through his binocs. I decided if he was watching it through binocs it must be worthwile… I stopped looked through my binocs… moved to a different spot, looked again, … and then I saw the spots! It was a leopard. I really only got a glimpse.. but the big 5 for today was on the cards!! I encountered White rhinos close to Lower Sabie, sorry to far for photos…
We encountered Buffs, all over. Dagga Boys and Big Herds
Birds were in abundance:
Little Banded Goshawk
A Streaky Tawny Eagle in the road on a road kill. Actually a Bateleur was sitting in the road as we approached… Before my camera was on, this Tawny Eagle chased him away. We watched him for quite a while.
A “Puffed up” Ground Hornbill with a juvenile.
White headed Vulture and White-backed vulture.
I encountered these animals all at Middelvlei.
Tsessbes with babies
This hyaena taking a bath and the wildebeest as his “spectator”
Mopani worms every where around Mopani. Strangely I never saw these worms again. Though I came back through all these Mopanis and also nothing around Punda!
Tortoises (about 20 for the day!)
Hinge back - and Leopard tortoises. This Leopard Tortoises with his “road kill” – grass!! (One of the small 5!. I saw all of them on this trip!!)
Ellies were all over.
We encountered these ellies at Nshawu.
And they treated us to a show. First these 2 had a bath. Then decided that they are actually circus ellies.
This one crossed his back legs
And the other one decided to stand on 3 legs,
They scratched their feet against the piece of concrete.
Then the BIG bulls came in…
Does anybody know this ellie’s name? He is fitted with a radio transmitting collar.
I can see no ear notches??
Another big bull..
Drinking water from the cement dam…
A breeding herd close to Satara.
Other animals we saw were:
This pregnant steenbok
Zebra with a baby.
Wildebeest with Babies
Warthog female with a baby.
Bushbuck in Letaba camp.
I have decided although it is a looooong move, it is worthwile. You can see the whole park in 1 day. Especially which areas had rain… where is the concentration of animals, etc. I have done it 3 times now, and every time it differed. TO BE CONTINUED... Sunset drive at Lower Sabie (Day 4)