Thanks to Micetta, Cherries, Johan N and Pumbaa
for your comments!
I forgot to say, that MJ went to look for lion on the morning drive... and we could hear them roaring in the river bed... but could not see them!!
I eventually got the info on the Purple flower.
It Latin Name is: Aristolochia elegans
Common name: Calico flower/ Dutchman's Pipe/ Sisblom.
It is an exotic plant from South America (Brazil). It was cultivated for an ornament flower. It invades Riverine forests. It is competitive and Poisonous.
Martie wrote on Lower Sabie Sightings:
Until Wednesday evening. On the Power Line two rhinos and then an elephant close to the sausage tree. The rest of the road nothing a normal evening but then I went to Mlondozi 1 to at least view the perfect fire flies and stars. Time was still a lot and instead of turning left to camp I decided to go around the Mlondozi loop.
Well the evening started off slowly... We left on the sunset drive. We first went South on the pale pad as personnel from Kruger would call it …and we went North again!!!! My thoughts were I have now done this road twice in the last 24 hours … and did not see much. Why will we try it again??
We found 2 white rhino and Kudu on the Pale pad . Mating season is closeby...
Then some ellies on the tarr road towards LS... On the Mlondozi loop we found 4 Side Striped jackal, then Hyena in the road, then fre flies at a dip...then Black backed Jackal, then Hyena again, then 2 Hyena again, a Verreax's Eagle Owl,
The rest of the road nothing a normal evening but then I went to Mlondozi 1 to at least view the perfect fire flies and stars. Time was still a lot and instead of turning left to camp I decided to go around the Mlondozi loop. Hyenas everywhere, not to talk about the Serval sighting (3) on one spot and then eventually two civets close to the road. Try to call Patrick in the south but he did not respond until I stopped at a lion that seemed to got spots as we drove closer. A great leopard sighting in the middle of the tar road close to the 3 lead wood trees on Mlondozi tar.
Then 3 Serval together, then Marsh Owl, then ... a leopard in the road!! He was very relaxed and we watched him for about 10min. ... before he walked into the grass.
Then bronze-winged Coursers and Wattled Lapwing plus Nightjars in the road. The Civets gave us glimpses!!.. but good enough to ID.
On the Sabie bridge we found 2 white-backed night herons. A very rare sighting and a very good sighting of the 2 hunting!!
Patrick said I must tell him if I see the Lower Sabie Gentleman on that side of the river that I must call him. As I went onto the bridge I told Patrick I’m a bit late and he must come to camp straight because these two lions are playing with us again. As the Toyota’s lights shined onto the turn off to Lower Sabie, the two Lower Sabie men were in the crossing. So Patrick had to come back.
Martie said it all!!!! They look very thin!! ...but I dont think they had a good meal in weeks!! They were apparently mating, and patrolling their territory!!
What a night drive!! Martie do a really good job!! Sightings, info, jokes, pleasing guests, etc
They roared that night!! What a pleasure to listen too!!