Wednesday 23 February,
It had been raining during the night. We were at the gate a few minutes before opening. There were five cars in front of us. We were planning to go to Skukuza. After the gate opened, all cars in front of us and behind us turned left in the direction of Crocodile Bridge. We turned right to Skukuza, keeping us wondering why all cars turned left. Did they know something?
We took the H4-1, there were two hyena’s walking on the tar road.
We decided to take the S-21. It was a quit drive with some kudu’s and giraffes, until we came up to lions laying on the road
. It were 2 lionesses with 3 large cups. We stayed with them for almost 2 hours. The first other car arrived after one hour, but it only stayed there for a few minutes. So most of the time we were the only car around. I think that’s one of the advantageous of being in the park in February, it is very quiet in the park compared to July. After a while the lions decided to climb up onto the rocks.
Just before we left, a safari vehicle arrived. He radioed the position of the lions to the other safari vehicles. When driving further on the S-21, we saw a lot of safari vehicles rushing towards the lions. One of the safari vehicles stopped us to ask for the position of the lions, and pointed us the direction to a cheetah on the H3. We decided to have a look there. So after the S-21 we took the S-112 and the H3 to Skukuza. We saw a lot of animals, like ellies, wildebeest and zebra.
We also found the cheetah. It was lying far away from the road, but on a sand hill making it easy to spot.
We had breakfast at Skukuza. Whow
that chanced after our last visit in July. After Skukuza we decided to go to the Lake Panic hide, where we stayed till noon. It was already getting hot, and that was probably the reason why it was quiet at the hide. It is always nice to see the kingfishers flying around and catching fish.
The way back I will post later, where we saw Wild Dogs again