On Day 5, after a light breakfast we left lower sabie
and departed the gate at 6AM. Mission - lions and leopards
At 7:15AM, we saw a car on a small turnout 7km before skukusa on the H4-1. We pulled up and asked what they were looking at. "Leopard".
My jaw almost dropped. "Really?? leopard?". I said it a little loud, the people in the car gave me a "shhh" sign - oops, I felt bad. note to self - be quiet around leopards.
4 leopards in 36 hours - don't hate me!
After 1 minute the leopard slinked off into the bush..
the rest of the day was cat-free, but we had some wonderful wildlife sightings...
we started off with baboons at 6:17AM
baby baboon drinking milk
a pair of female waterbuck
Lilac-crester roller, perhap kruger's most beautiful bird
smiling croc, at sunset dam
impala at sunset dam
hippo at sunset dam. Can you tell I like sunset dam?
In the afternoon we took the H11/S1/S4 loop, because there have been wild dog sightings in the area. yes, we were going for our 2nd wild dog sighting. greedy?? maybe!
Well we didn't see much except for a vulture feeding on a giraffe carcass. so we went back to the H4-1, which treated us to some very special sightings just before 6PM
1st, we saw these rivers otters far across the sabie river at 5:40PM. Otters - I couldn't believe it! we watched them walk along the shore for a minute, and duck in and out of the water.
river otter in the sabie river
2nd river otter, right behind the 1st
then, at 5:55PM on the way back to camp, we see something on the road. Lots of something. What is it? banded mongoose! At least 30 of them.
as we approach, they scatter into the bush. what a sight! We'll never forget seeing 30 mongooses run in front of us..and finally, a couple km from camp, it's 5:59PM - and we see at least 50 guinea fowl crossing the road! I'd never seen a flock so big. They just went on forever.. I love the guineas, they are such friendly birds, always pecking, looking for food, like pets..
I think all the good stuff comes out right before 6PM...
well that wraps up day #5. on day #6, we leave skukusa and start heading up north. but on Day #6, before we leave the south, one of my wishes will be granted...
so stay tuned