Packed up the wife two daughters and 5Ã‚Â½ year old grandson (Dean) and headed for Numbi.
Entered at 10.50, first impression, drought and fire , no long grass in fact hardly any grass. Small herd of buffalo after about 1km. Not much other game except for a number of Duiker and Steinbuck along the way. Stopped at Shitlave dam, not much water, but Ã¢â‚¬ËœDriftersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ like tour Ã¢â‚¬ËœwagonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ with a couple out of the vehicle. It became obvious the young lady was looking for the toilet. We left before she embarrassed us and herself.
Saw plenty of kudu a few impala and giraffe on road to Transport dam.
More water here, saw hippo, waterbuck, impala, and glimpsed a rhino.
Onwards towards skukuza, family of Klipspringer on rocks before Malelane turning.
Stopped at Skukuza to show the Ã¢â‚¬ËœgirlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ the changes since the floods and showed Dean the bats in the lapas. Sorry about the focus, but this bat seems to have a collar.
Not too busy, cooled off in the shop, left wallet in the car. Hey with three women you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be too careful!
Heading for Lower Sabie, not much around, heat and scarce vegetation not helping. Saw elephant, Kudu and Impala, baboon and vervets. Stopped at Nhuhlu picnic site for a stretch. Never seen so little water in the river.
Nice family of ground hornbill by the road, obviously get fed as one headed towards the car. About 2km from L/S traffic jam, lions on a kill, can only see one an kill, with 3 seen in bush nearby. Tree full of Vultures, and idiot sitting through sun roof to take photos (see picture Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Mozambique registration.).
Onwards to Sunset dam ( one of my favourite places), lots of hippos, and on the banks and lots of big crocs.
Have to head onward to Crocodile Bridge and Ngwenya. Saw more elephant, giraffe, zebra and at last 3 wildebeest. Lovely sighting of Martial Eagle.
Left Croc bridge at about 16.30 for Ngwnya. Chalet at west end , when we opened the curtains the elephants were just off the patio!
They moved on so we could sit outside later. Its quite dry there but water is flowing in places. Resident hippos crocs and buffalo. Lots of smaller birds around, weavers, sparrows, waxbills,hornbills, doves/pidgeons. Great discovery, there is a Green Pidgeon nesting in the tree by our patio.
Heard lions roaring during the night, but were not close.
Off to Cric bridge gate for opening, what a circus. Headed for L/S on the sand road and saw two rhino then another 3,
and a lovely pearl spotted owl next to the road
Not much activity at the Nhlanganzwani Dam, but we stopped at the bird hide and a Fish Eagle came to visit. Hippos in the water and also saw Goliath heron, openbilled stork, little bee eater. Seeing lots of Kudu along the way some zebra and giraffe but no wildebeest.
Stopped at L/S for a break and snack then on to Mlondozi Dam. It was quieter at the restaurant at LS than at Mlondozi. Seems to have become the breakfast/brunch stop of note. Lots of hippo, waterbuck impala and baboons around, but unfortunately it was not enjoyable to just sit and enjoy the views.
Headed back for Croc bridge finding two lovely male lions resting along the way , must be hot a giraffe walk past in the background ignored by the lions.
Left croc bridge about 14.00 and back to Ngwenya . Spent the rest of the weekend lazing on the patio watching the game and birds come to visit us, and lounging around the pool.
Sunday evening the buffalos were grazing about 20 meters from the patio, and later in the evening a hyena strolled past, fortunately scared off by the torch light.
We had a great weekend, quite restful overall, saw 4 of big 5 on both visits to park ( no leopard) and Ngwenya was terrific, a great break. Saw a great variety of game and over 90 birds without really trying.
Unfortunately as we were inside packing up to leave on Monday morning something raided the Green Pidgeon nest and cleaned it out.
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