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Saturday 9 April
We had a lovely night’s rest and tried to lie in this morning but could not make it past 6am. We had breakfast on our safari tent deck and we did a bit of birding before our departure to Lower Sabie. It is quite frustrating that one can only access your units after 14h00 – most people move early in the park and when you arrive at the other side you are at a bit of a loose end. We had a very average day from an animal sightings point and strangely did not see a single elephant. However, very good birding including Redbacked Shrike, Woolynecked Stork, Whitebacked Vulture, White Crested Helmet Shrike, Collared Sunbird, Whitebrowed Robin Chat, Orange Breasted Bush Shrike and Cut-throat Finch. We sat on the benches in front of the chalets drinking our sundowners and watched the sun go down over the Sabie River, so peaceful and relaxing. Another early night before our departure to Maroela.
Sunday 10 April
We left Lower Sabie at 06h30 and took our favourite Tshokwane Road. We had two lovely Rhino sightings totaling 5 individuals. We saw our first elephants, a huge herd of buffalo of at least 500 and 2 honey badgers.
Special birding sightings: Woodland Kingfisher (we have only seen 1 in our previous visits to Kruger in August), Double banded Sandgrouse, Marabou Stork, Redbilled Firefinch, Blue waxbill.
We arrived at Maroela midday and got an amazing site – left bottom corner under an enormous Jackalberry tree. Once again we can hear running water from our tent. We saw ellies coming down to drink late afternoon. We are 1 of 5 campers this evening. Blissful desolation for 7 sleeps to come. It was quite chilly during the night which we are not used to in Kruger. A hyena made a racket around the camp during the night and we heard lions roaring far off in the early hours of the morning. Animal sightings are special but the auditory is exceptional.