Hey Morning...hope everyone had a great Easter....another long weekend awaits us
Anyway so the next day we decided to go North towards Satara as this trip was only at Lower Sabi and Skukuza and so we wanted to head up to see another part of the park for this trip.
We made our way along the H1-2 taking in the various game species and appreciating the huge open areas that had just grassed over after the controlled burn.
After about 45 minutes or so an sms came through to say the rest of our family were watching wild dogs AGAIN! ...
...we were soo bleak we had chosen to go north as it seemed every time we moved away from Skukuza someone would find wild dogs right nearby!!
We decided that we had to make the best of things anyway and before long were watching this lovely herd of Waterbuck that were close to the road near Tshokwane.
After noticing some hyenas running behind the Waterbuck in the the distance we continued on. There was very good buffalo and wildebeest activity but when all you wanted to see was Wild Dogs, one looses focus a bit and doesnt appreciate things the way one should. Guess its just a case of being greedy when in the park
Nevertheless the viewing was hotting up and as we turned onto the S126 a friendly German guy told us that there were some lions up ahead.
We were glad as this road was our plan before we had even started the trip and it was about to pay off!!
The lions were a pride of 10 and were milling about next to the road, about 50m away but in good view. It was nice to see some active lions and these were big healthy ones. About 5 males and 5 females of which 2 of the males were big big guys!!
We were happy with these lions and as we approached Muzandzeni (about 5km away) there was the shout of LEOPARD!!!!
YES another leopard!!
Unbelievable and this female looked to be a very dominant individual slowly making her way along the bushline marking her territory and giving us nice visuals. We were joined by some other very excited tourists and it was nice to be able to show people these beautiful creatures and see their hapiness!
We eventually left this leopard after a good 15 minutes of viewing and had a brief stop at the picnic site.
We then continued South along the S36 and although it was hot, the odd elephant and buffalo was showing itself. We then enjoyed a view of an Ostrich or two at Nhlanguleni. This was the first time I recall visiting this picnic spot and will definitely be back!
Anyway we were on the lookout for Sable but no such luck .... with the Sables that is....
...because with temperatures approaching mid-30's an eyelids feeling very heavy there was another SHOUT from someone in the vehicle!!
We were right at Lugmag Dam and on the LHS of the road was ANOTHER leopard!
THis young male was stalking some impala and we had inadvertently destroyed the hunt. Anyway he looked young and was probably honing his skills as the heat was building up.
Anyway he provided us with some of the best shots we have ever had of a leopard (even though Ive worked in the Sabi Sands). This just goes to show that KNP is the best for viewing over the long term!!
So anyway this is him and my Dad and Brother have exactly the same shot also in focus...we couldnt go wrong as he was about 5m from us holding the pose for a few minutes before he decided the lenses protruding towards him were from some 3-eyed monster.
Anyway we were on a high heading back towards Skukuza and spent the rest of the day making use of the facilities and also had a nice dinner at the Selati Restaurant. I am a big fan of South African history (and particularly anything KNP related) and was very impressed at how the Selati restaurant was setup making one get a real feel of how things must have been.
We went sleep knowing we had one last chance to find those dogs