Day 2 (S25/S26/S114)
I can already hear the cries and gasps of horror but we decided to have a lie in and only set off for the gate at around 8.30
Again CB was closed so it was another trek to Malelane. The weather was a bit iffy again and I actually decided to take a sweater with as it had been decidedly chilly the day before. As my slightly aged MIL was travelling with us we couldn’t travel too long between stops and decided to stick to the very Southern part of the park where we could make the necessary pit stops.
We took off along the S25, giraffe city again, I love the way they are so curious and stop and stare at you, almost as if you are the attraction and they the visitor!
Lots of impalas and lambs along the way, ethereally beautiful with their delicate little legs, it was a real treat to see them but it was really hard to get a decent photo of them!
We came across this rock/tree and alien formation, maybe someone can tell me what it is, reminds me of a sculpture in a museum.
Maybe it was the weather but there wasn’t an awful lot to see even though we drove very slowly and I looked as hard as I could until it felt like my eyes were bulging
When we first spotted the below giraffes it was a case of “not more giraffe!” but we soon noticed something very strange, the entire group were taking it in turn to bend down and sniff and lick something on the ground, on closer inspection it became obvious that the object was a large bone.
At the same time we noticed the stench of a rotting carcass and after searching the area we saw the rest of the carcass a few meters away. I am no expert and please correct me if we were wrong but we thought that it looked like the remains of a giraffe and the large bone that they were sniffing and licking looked like it was a giraffe leg bone.
Everyone has heard of elephants grieving over the remains of family members but I have never heard of giraffes doing the same? It was a very sad sight indeed.
Further along the road we bumped into a herd of zebra, it was nice to see this youngster still suckling from Mom.
Crossing an empty river bed we came across this herd of waterbuck all lying in a circle, each one looking in a different direction, I suppose they were keeping an eye out for predators, looked like a clock dial!
We decided to make a quick detour to the Hippo Pools and as we were driving my SO slammed on the brakes crying "rhino!" I looked in the wing mirror and about 5 meters behind us a rhino marched out of the bush and crossed the road at some speed, good job we werent 5 seconds later!
As we got down to the river the MIL let out a cry of astonishment as she spotted the below bike parked nonchanantly up against the rocks. We scanned the area for the owner and soon spotted him sitting up high on some boulders eating his lunch! We waved and he pointed at something, I had a quick look with the binocs but couldnt see anything so I just pretended I knew what he was referring to and gave him the thumbs up
We drove into CB and stopped for a spot of lunch, the new entrance looks great but they really have to get the bridge situation under control and again the loos were gross! As I came back from the loo a bakkie drove up to the gate wanting to exit the park. The lady driver seemed to be totally unaware of the bridge situation and proceeded to scream and shout about how she did not have the time to drive to Malelane and she was already late, bla, bla,bla. Hmm, well if there is no bridge there is no bridge I thought but no, to my amazement after about 10 minutes histrionics they actually let her through!! As I didn’t read about anyone drowning I guess she made it over ….
These little chaps kept us amused as we ate our toasted sandwiches.
We started back to Malelane via the S26/S114 but it was exceedingly quiet, after a while we started wishing we could even spot impala it was so empty! The weather was very cool by this time and drizzling, sweater time!
This tree was full of vultures trying hard to ignore the weather.
A grumpy looking dagga boy!
Can somebody ID this bird please?
Just outside of Malelane I spotted something big and grey moving through the bush and was delighted to see this rhino mommy and baby. they posed obligingly for a few minutes before crossing the road and melting into the surrounding vegetation.
Well, no cats today but lots of other interesting things. Could spend a lot more time here.....Watch out for Day 3 coming soon!