Now with my Feb/Mar trip report done and dusted think its time to resurrect this one and get started showing you what we saw in May/June.
Another of our annual pilgrimages up to Kruger this time a Winter trip.Date- May 21st to June 4th Place - Ngwenya Lodge, South Kruger
As usual by the time we take this trip the grass is brown and dying down rapidly, the Croc river down to a mere trickle of its former self, and the animals are all congregating at the water holes and rivers but not this year.
Due to the late and copious Summer/Autumn rains there wasn't a lot of change in the grass and in fact we found more, much more, standing water in the bush, pans that I didn't even know existed were full and even had Water Lillies growing in them.
The River had fortunately dropped just enough for us to be able to cross and thankfully for them to start work on the almost non existant temporary bridge.
This time accompanying us was my daughter-in-law Tawny, son Martial along with my eldest daughter, her husband and 2 of the bundles of energy who were very excited and told me that they LOVE the Kruger Park. (What great kids!)
So we came to our first day and after the long, OK longish drive the day before,
for all those who live across the ocean or in Cape Town, we decided to relax in the morning and see what came to us and then take an afternoon drive.
I must also add that unlike Jock who is a meticulous note taker and anything that moves gets written down in the book, I am not, well I tried and got at least half a page done and then abandoned it as a bad job
So I try to rely on the old grey matter to remember where and what, so some of this might get a tad vague at times! Please excuse!
Or in times of doubt merely let the pics do the talking.Immature Martial Eagle
At this point I must also tell you a story.
We were tootling along when we were passed by a bakkie, (small truck) with the back door of the canopy fully up and open and at least 3 children in the back.
Needless to say we were quite flabbergasted that people can be so irresponsible.
Then a SANParks truck passed us going in the opposite direction and he must have seen the bakkie in his mirrors, next thing he did a smart U- turn and chased after them, pulled them up just about at the S28 turning, got out and was giving them a stern lecture, the driver got out and closed the door sheepishly. Not sure if they were given a fine, but they sure deserved it.
So onwards up the H4-2
and at the Gemondwane W.Hole
which we later called our Elephant WH. this huge Ellie in full musth came marching towards the road with a mission clearly in mind.Large
At first we were parked directly across the path on the opposite side to which he was heading so we backed up a bit, not wanted to argue or make him cross.
And he crossed right in front of us.LargeLargeLarge
A quick smell on the road and then off.Large
A bit further up more Ellies and judging by the amount of cars that came passed us from the opposite direction I would say they had been "roadblocked" for some time. Large
Something a bit more gentle and opposite in size.Large
We decide to take the S130
and almost immediately came across another of the Big 5Rhino
in fact by the dozen!
Who goes there?LargeLarge
Keeping a wary eye on us!Large
Mother and child accompanied by OxpeckersLargeLarge
Think we could see at least 6 or 7 in this scene!LargeLarge
Please excuse the number of pics, we couldn't decide which to leave and which to include, first day as well so very trigger happy!
By the time we had completed the loop we had counted the grand total of 18 Rhinos and that in just one afternoon.
Will continue with more tomorrow. Not Rhinos but others!