18 September – Everything is packed, we were leaving Satara for our last two nights in the Park at Crocodile Bridge. On our way to the gate, we met Okie from Cape Town (YR), introduced ourselves and had a nice chat before we left the camp.
Just outside Satara was a herd of buffalo. On the H1-3, just past the S126 from Satara to Tshokwane, we found a pride of seven lions busy with their breakfast, with four black-backed jackals waiting anxiously for them to finish:
At the Mazithi Dam we found another black-backed jackal, African fish eagle, and Egyptian Geese.
More or less 2 kms further on, these two beauties crossed the road:
This lady did not seem to be impressed with our presence. SO turned the vehicle (and blocked the road in the process) so that I could take a picture through the open window:
She stood up, walked past the Hilux, and lie down again, in the middle of the road.
The male also stood up and decided to lie down on the other side of the Hilux, making use of the shade. (I always cut off the animals feet or part of their heads while taking pictures
SO took this picture from his closed window, to show how close the lion was:
A few cars were also taking pictures of these two, and we didn’t want to start the engine to unblock the road, scared that the lions would run away without these people being able to take pictures of them.
After a while we decided to leave, but they didn’t even move. They stayed in the middle of the road, with a third one (male) coming from the other side and joined them.
Not far from the lions, we found three hyenas (only one in the picture). It seems he had blood on his face, neck and shoulder, and must have had something to eat:
It was quite hot outside, as can be seen here, just outside Skukuza:
We have decided to visit Lake Panic. We have never been there before, and what a surprise! It is, to me, to most beautiful bird hide I have ever seen. I did not take my camera, because it is too heavy, and didn’t think of taking the other one with the smaller lense, because SO took his video camera. Next time I will know better.
On the Skukuza/Lower Sabie road (H4-1) we found these two:
He could hardly keep his eyes open, while she is fast asleep at his back.
Just to show how beautiful it is on the LS bridge:
We also came across a male Nyala, but the picture is not very clear because of the long grass.
We spent a while at Sunset Dam with all the hippos, crocs, elephants on the other side of the dam and lots of different kinds of birds, before we left for Croc Bridge to book in after another lovely day in “heaven on earth”.