Returned yesterday from a short but eventful trip to Kruger. Went with a mate, his first trip to Kruger, although he has been to other game reserves, so I was feeling a bit of pressure to make sure that Kruger delivered on the advertising I had given her. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s never seen leopard, so that was top of his wish list; top of mine was to find sable, as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never seen them in Kruger before.
Stayed overnight in Johannesburg and made an early start on Sunday morning. Made various stops along the Panorama route Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 5 viewpoints, 4 waterfalls, 3 rondavels, 2 passes and 1 canyon later, we arrived at Orpen gate late afternoon. Filling up at petrol station, we noticed the bats hanging from the trees above us. Quick look at the waterhole to see what was happening on the cam, a few impalas slaking their thirst.
Afternoon drive on S106 and back on the H7 gave us impala, zebra, wildebeest, steenbok, waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, squirrel, kudu, brown snake eagle and African hawk eagle. Just before gate close, 2 black backed jackals on the road to Tamboti. Spent the night at Tamboti, enjoying braai and beer overlooking the dry riverbed.
Early start along the H7, mainly impala and giraffe, distinct absence of zebra and wildebeest in any numbers. Just before Bobbejaanskrans, herd of about 300 buffalo crossing the road, waited about half an hour before we could get through. At Bobbejanskrans, we decided not to get out as there was a young elephant bull right there. At Nsemani, impala, baboons, vervet monkeys, jacana, heron, Egyptian geese.
Took S40 to Timbavati, resident bushbuck and a herd of about 60 elephants of all shapes and sizes crossing the riverbed to the right. Decided to try to catch them crossing the gravel road. Found them just before Ratelpan, including smallest ellie calf IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever seen Ã¢â‚¬â€œ herd was very relaxed, we were less than 10 meters from them for a long time, including the babies, very special experience. At Piet Grobler dam, first hippos of the trip.
S39 and S89 fairly uneventful. From Ã¢â‚¬Å“Balule bridgeÃ¢â‚¬Â
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