Entered once again at Phabeni gate and stopped at a waterhole for coffee then travelled the tar road to Skukuza, from the T junction of the H4-1 we turned left and did the short dirt road that runs along the river. Found a Bateleur Eagle in a tree and he gave us the opportunity to take some photos before becoming wary of the car and the intruders taking pictures
then flew off. They are stunning eagles with their colours.
Heading down towards Nkulu picnic spot we had a lion sighting and spend a good hour watching...., waiting..... but with no luck of him moving. He would raise his head watch his spectators a bit then lie down again, after he lay his head down for about the 4th time
we decided to move on.
Further on we saw this little Steenbok, 2 of them who allow us to take pictures and was not to bothered with us, I have always battled to get a good photo of one of them as they always seem to be so skittish so was happy with this find. A little further down the raod 2 Southern Ground Hornbills were ambling down the road looking for food.
Southern Ground Hornbill
At Nkuhlu picnic site we had lunch and played a game of Rummi Cub
was a good break. Had a monitor lizard wonder through; also had a Goldentailed Woodpecker and Giant Kingfisher sighting. The photos of the Giant Kingfisher were disappointing
As we left the picnic site this guy was in a tree keeping himself cool in the shade.
This is where the elusive leopard
made the first appearance on this trip, we travelled the tar road to Lower Sabie and just passed the S28 a car was stopped
, we stopped and could see nothing but there was noise. Asked the driver of the car and the guy said it's a leopard...with a kill
, he saw it go into the bushes. Great so we wait...and waited.....and waited a bit more, cars are starting to join us and the search was on, then very suddenly through the gap we were watching his back appeared
, he looked at us and the was gone. The first question I asked myself, where was my camera
. With 3 cameras in the car no one got a pic, not one.
Well at least we got a glimpse of it so they are in the park, I was starting to believe it’s all rumours
we then started heading back for the gate with the usual sightings.
Day 5 to follow soon.