On the Mingerhout dam road (S47) we came across a HUGE hole in the rock, we can see there has been activity with fresh leopard and baboons tracks. We spotted two Klipspringers on the rock below us and said that the Sunday we will return to the hole.
With Scipio and SO looking at tracks as we drove we found fresh honey badger tracks as well, we properly missed the famous animal with mere minutes. Oh man, then we ended up talking about the badger I saw in March with the pup and the cricket weekend. Our sightings was limited until a huge buffalo herd in the road and the bush. I have forgotten how big they really are cause when you see them in the South the other cars around you are either blocking your view or chasing past you which makes them turn around and stomping off.
We had to wait almost an half hour for the herd to cross completely before going off again.
Our usual speed of 20/30 km came to the max of 40 km on the gravel road as we hurried back to the gate main road.
Scipio tried calling their friend, Lourens, to hear of any sightings and to invite him to our braai but he doing a bush braai that evening already. On the tar road we saw two giraffes galloping off by now the gate was almost at closing time
Then 2 km from the gate we saw what I hope we will see. 3 lioness in the road, laying down enjoying the last bit of the sun. Very relaxed they groomed and watched the bush around them. Scipio informed me that they are part of the Sable pride, the same pride Lourens has posted about in some of his previous sightings. Yes for me it was like seeing super stars
we got to the gate and with a light no-no we were back on our way home.
But sorry no photos of them...like the VIP's they are they moved off into the bush and camera disappointed me as well...
Simi made us a wonderful Portuguese style chicken over the fire while we all had a beer and trading stories about Kruger and life. While the bats flew over us, Simi and I had the pleasure meeting Gustav, the green anaconda Scipio keeps.
A nice guy for a snake, he even gave Simi a smell in her face as he slid around us. Amazing how strong these fellows are!
After dinner we hit the sack for a good night rest for the Sunday drive.