12 APRIL 2011
Today we had a long drive ahead of us because we were moving to Biyamiti Bushveld camp for the next 4 days - as I said in my intro this is our favourite camp, having stayed there many times. We had done most of the packing the previous evening so we managed to have a quick cuppa and be out the gate by 06h00. We once again did the S92 - S91 loop with high expectations but drew a blank once more! This vulture was sunning itself after a rather chiily night
A troop of Chacma baboons had positioned themselves on the Olifants bridge and were once again full value as far as entertainment went
I love this picture that tells you so much - this is certainly an adoring mother
This young chap very definitely had a late night last night!
At the other end of the bridge we spotted these White-fronted Bee-eaters who were nesting on the bank of the Olifants. They were extremely busy catching insects that were swarming over the river.
We then made good time down the H1-4 towards Satara (sticking to 50 Km/hr). At the S127 turn-off we spotted this White Rhino and her calf. We were told that White Rhino calves always walk in front of the mothers whereas Black Rhino calves walk behind their mothers. Very often Black Rhinos take flight when frightened and thus lose their calves who cannot keep up - hence the reasonably high mortality.
We stopped off at Satara Day Visitors for breakfast - not sure that I like this place, just does not fit in with the rest of the camp. Nevertheless we enjoyed the break and then decided to head down the S100 to Nwanetsi. There was not much to report on this route other than the normal suspects of which there were plenty. It so nice to see the antelope in such good condition. We popped up to the Gudzani Dam where we saw this huge Kudu Bull who would not pose nicely for us. At least this pic shows off his magnificent horns.
Whilst driving down the S41 we spotted something lying in the road. As we drew nearer we could not believe our eyes - an African Wild Cat was lying in the road suckling her two kittens. Unfortunately they took fright and disappeared into the long grass before I could take a pic.
Nwanetsi was a bit crowded so we did not stay long. We went up to the viewpoint but unfortuntely the view is obscured by the lush growth on the bushes in front so there was not much point in hanging around. We did see this croc on the far bank
Then it was off to the Sweni Hide expecting to find it full of ardent twitchers - well there was only one other vehicle in the parking area and believe it or not it belonged to good friends and work colleagues of ours so there was plenty of time to catch up and compare notes! The water was covered in the green algae which was a pity. We saw plenty of birds here and the special sighting being a Woodland Kingfisher which was a first for us, believe it or not. I suppose the reason for this is that we had previously only visited the park in August. This Water Monitor was on the causeway at the Sweni Hide.
We could not stay long because there was along drive ahead of us. We continued down the S37 Trichardt Road and then branched off along the Lindanda Road (S35). This was a first for us and what a beautiful quiet drive this turned out to be. We never saw another vehicle till we hit the tar road near Tshokwane. The game were so peaceful and there were a number of massive Elephant bulls grazing on the plains.
We avoided Tsokwane (a couple of busses at just arrived) and headed for Lower Sabie along the H10. We stopped off at the Nkumbe Lookout and saw a few Rhino on the plains below. The usual Klipspringers were not to be seen in the hills around Nkumbe. We made good time with not much to see until we spotted this very unusual worm crossing the road - I have no idea what it is called (HELP)
By now it was midday and getting quite hot which ment that we were unlikely to see much activity on the way down to LS. This Hippo was grazing near the bridge over the Sabie River.
Toasted sarmies on the deck at the restaurant were great (if you did not mind sharing your meal with the birds!). However, This Burchills Cougal did not bother us
These critters were having a good bath outside the restaurant.
A quick visit to Sunset Dam was essential. The dam was really full and as usual plenty of activity to keep you occupied. However, we had a long way to go still so took a pic of this Pied Kingfisher and a Blacksmith Plover and headed south along the H4-2
Crossing over the Biyamiti River and soon turning onto the private S139 road to Biyamiti always gives us a thrill because it is like home to us when visiting Kruger. This is a beautiful drive to a great Bushveld Camp which has become synonymous with Kruger for us. This squirrel welcomed us to Biyamiti and this Pied Kingfisher showed off its meal to us when we crossed the river.
We were booked in No 8 as requested and how strange it was to see green grass in front of the Chalet. We unpacked and spent the rest of the day in the camp.Sunset on the S139 near Biyamiti Bushveld Camp