I really suck at this...Here is the last installment of our trip...if your a wild dog fan this is for you!!!
Monday 18th we woke up to our last day of a long weekend. After a quick breakfast, all packed up and greeted the family we entered CB again. At the shop I overheard a conversation about a wild dog sighting not far from CB. After I rushed buying ice and cold drinks I was in the car, I told the SO who in returned told me that this fellow tourist told him where it is and how far in km they were.
So off we went onto the S25 in search of my favourites, wild dogs. Two cars were chasing there but we took it slow. And hold and behold there was only three cars and right next to road my 4 dogs was laying down having a snooze. One car was right to next to them but enough space left to see them without cramming your neck. I was extremely excited!
With the cars switched off (and getting hotter by the minute) we heard the deep yet far roar of a lion. Two of the four dogs got up, checking the road up ahead, sniffing. One car left and left us another two cars there. The dogs got up, sniffed our car (which in exchange caused an "up-woof" at our house) and one rubbed her head on our bumper. They kept on watching the hill of the road (towards Malelane). One dog kept on laying down in the shade.
Watching what the other three are doing. Eventually after some markings left on the road and against some grass the three dogs decided to walk down the road away from us. The forth got up and followed them. We decided that we have a half full memory card full of doggie photos we can now move on.
Not even 500 m further we found the last of the wild dog that the pack was probably waiting for. She was clearly lost not knowing where to go or what to do. Pulling back her ears scanning for any sound, due to the hill they didn’t see each other.
We were the only car there, after she walked into the bush a bit again another car came by. The guy didn’t even see the dog until his wife spotted it while he asked us what we looking at. They took a couple of photos before leaving to the other sighing we told them about.
After the wild dog we stopped at some warthogs where the adults was chasing each other and the piglets thinking it’s the greatest game joining in chasing each around. It wasn’t far from where we saw our last Wild dog. On the rest of the way sightings of zebra, impala, blue wildebeest and at the same spot where we found two elephant bulls on the Friday we spotted just one of them on his way to the water hole.
We got to the tar road and drove down to the leopard kill and there were no cars. We turned around and spotted the impala which had even less meat on and started looking for the leopard. Still nothing guessing that the cat either laid on the ground or in the riverbed behind the tree or on the other side of the tree where we couldn’t see it. Two cars stopped and asked us but they didn’t see anything. Somewhere close by a troop of Vervet monkeys started calling a warning call and we waited, scanning the bush and the tree with the bino’s looking for some movement but still nothing.
We really needed the bathroom at this stage so we had to leave for Lower Sabie, I did check the sightings board at LS but it wasn’t marked for leopard more or less at that spot.
A quick stop at Sunset dam we made our way up on Eloff Street munching on our toasted sandwiches. Just past Nkuhlu I spotted what I first thought was a red duiker turned out to be semi adult bush buck. We didn’t see any others around her which was strange or we were just blind. Further on we had just impala sightings; batleur’s circling in the sky.
Then I spotted a big bird on a branch, we reversed and it turned out to be a juvenile Martial eagle, which caught some launch for him in form of a francolin. It was a great sighting to see it pulling out the feathers and start eating on it’s meal.
(Too bad the pictures were all blurry...again)
Just before Nkuhlu we saw a Ground horn bill in the road and it had something in it's beak. First thoughts were snake, then mouse, then back to snake, the a baby monitor. Turned out to be either a "Bloukop koggelmander" or a "koggelmander" - have no idea what the English is for it.
We continue up and past the high water bridge we stopped of a herd of ellies further up there was two rows of car. A lioness was sitting straight up in the grass; she got up a walked up to some small trees into the shade checking the bush around her.
We were really tired and didn’t want to get stuck in Nelspruit traffic we left her be. Further up we didn’t see much besides two brown snake eagles and a fish eagle. Out of Kruger gate we didn’t spot anything else.
It was a great weekend I must say, spending it outside of the Park but be in the Park during the day.
Sorry to have kept you all