Good day all!
And so the Kruger express is off again!!
We left camp rather late as we had a sleep in today! We have only seen 1 lion, no leopard
, no cheetah, so today we all had high expectations!!
As i was the driver i decided to head off the the leopard express road to see if we can view the leopard!! So off to lower Sabie we went! On the way we did not see much game but this beautiful vulture was on the lookout to see where his next meal would be!!
After viewing him for a while we headed off once again! Hoping to see some cats! We landed at Skukuza and did not see many things on the way! We had a look at the sightings board and there was a gaming vehicle so i asked if he had seen any cats? To no avail he said that nobody has seen that cats today!
no cats!! il prove you wrong! So off to lower Sabie we headed and we stopped as the troops of baboons were crossing the road! Then to the left we had a nice family playing!
Daddy was playing a bit rough so off to mommy he went!!
Then just a few meters down the road we saw this little bird sitting and watching people go past!
IF I am not mistaken this is a pearl spotted owl (saw the bird comp. and saw switchbacks amazing picture of this creature)
The next group of animals were the black and white stripped ones!
Just before Lower Sabie a car was stopped and they said there is a pride of lion at the bottom of the embankment with a buff kill!
CATS!! so we stayed to see if we could see any movement. We stayed for about 30min and then decided to go for coffee. Then at the dam just before L.S we saw a buff that was badly injured on the leg! He was quite far off!
and this beauitful bird sitting and waiting for his meal to come to the surface!
We landed up at Lower Sabie and still no cats
. Where could they possibly be hiding!?! So we sat down at lower sabie and some coffee and watched the hippos in the water and on the sand banks.
Heading back to camp (Pretoriuskop) i was hoping to spot the leopard!! We reached Skukuza and guess what!!
The next animal was this wonderful, giant male kudu playing hide and seek with us!
We taged him and drove off!
Next animal was the tallest of them all! Its amazing how tall they truly are when they walk in the road!! Amazing creatures:
We then spotted this bird but i do not have a clue what it is so please help identify:
We were near about 30 min away from camp and no cats!! WOW that ranger was not lying when he said no cats today!! Off we went and then suddenly traffic jam
lion, cheetah, LEOPARD? Suddenly my lady shouts lion!! walking in the distance! Stopped the car grabbed the bio's and then hey wait thats not a lion! its CHEETAH'S
! Not one, not two BUT THREE OF THEM!!!
They were walking and stopping and then suddenly they started running! They were hunting!! They were chasing an impala but the impala had spotted them and run !!
WOW MY FIRST VIEWING OF A HUNT IN THE KRUGER!!
This is one of them in hunt mode
Then they were walking together! Sorry about the bad picture but the excitement and the distance were not in my favor !
We stayed there for a while to see if they would show themselves again but time was running out and the camp gates were closing soon!! So off we went! All talking about the sighting we had just seen!! Suddenly up ahead a car stopped!! not even 2km ahead! More cheetahs ??
We stopped and asked the gentlemen what he has seen? He replied there is a female lion in the bush but she is lying down!! So we switched the car off and waited to see if she would show herself for us!! WOW lion and cheetah in a matter of 2km!! 5 min passed, 6 min passed then suddenly out of nowhere there were 8 lions walking towards the car!
We had parked in front of the gentlemen and the lions split and walked in front of our car, in front of his car and behind is car! We were surrounded by lions!! WOW
In total 8 lions 3 juvenile males , 5 females.
This is one of the male lions walking next to the car and then crossed behind us!
In a matter of seconds the 8 lions that were on our left were now on our right and heading off into the bush!!
This female crossed last! She crossed behind the other mans vehicle walked up and then into the bush! She had been collard!
Then one of the females walking off stopped looked to the side as if she was looking for someone and then continued walking off!
WOW in a under 2 minutes 8 lions were spotted, surrounded our vehicles and disappeared into the bush!! TRULY AMAZING STUFF! Luck of the draw and we had some our way!!
With in 5 minutes there where at least 5 gaming vehicles looking for these lions!! I REALLY HATE THESE VEHICLES AS THEY JUST PUSH THEIR WAY THROUGH TO SEE THE SIGHTINGS!! All of them from Thomson travel!!
One example that really got me
is when we stopped at they hyena pup! The pup was on the left of our car so we were all in a Que to see the pup! A car then pulled up next to us and asked what we had seen! Now we had seen the pup the night before so we already knew what was there! So we said to them there is a hyena and pup! We were 3rd in the Que waiting to see them!! In a matter of minutes there were 3 of these gaming vehicle's behind us and they started going off the road! I stopped the (*^&&*^&^) and said u go a bit further you will kill them both!! He started talking in his language and then stopped! He was inching forward and forward! Lucky i was in my uncles double cab so i pulled a bit across so that he could no longer move forward!! (a few more meters and he would have killed them as they were in a biggish hole ) He then continued to start hooting and throwing a tantrum at me so i just ignored him! I then let the car that was next to me pull in in front of me to see the sighting so that the stupid gaming vehicle had to wait some more!! Boy did he not like that! He reversed throwing up all dust and grass and then proceeded to pull up along side me on my right! Now lucky my double cab is high so when the car in front pulled off it was now our chance! So we edged forward and stopped and took some photos of them! Neither to say that the driver did not care any more about the sightings but rather give us a piece of his mind!!
I truly hate this gaming vehicles as they think they have the right to just push people over and have front seats at the sightings!! If i did not move in front of him who knows if those amazing creatures would still be alive today!! Some times i wish i could get out and show them what my mind thinks of them!!!
Anyway on a more peaceful note have a good evening and lets hope Holland can win the cup!!! GO HOLLAND
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