I hope the JEG won't mind that i'm hijacking her topic for a post. While she's been off discovering KTP
i've been able to do one of her drives for her (in her extremely beautiful safari vehicle).
So yesterday I took out four of her clients on a morning drive from Croc Bridge and we had some amazing sightings!
Just inside the gate, we came across an epic elephant road block and watched as a large breeding herd of eles crossed the road behind us.
Further along the main road up from Croc Bridge, we stopped to watch a group a bull giraffes doing a little play-fighting.
The guests (and me!) loved this and we sat watching them for nearly 20 mins. All the while, another car was parked 50m up the road from us and I assumed they had been watching our giraffes too.
That is, until I looked up and saw a lioness standing by their car window! I quickly alerted my guests to the lion and we quietly rolled down the road towards it. It then dove off into the bushes to our left and crouched low in the grass. She was hunting- I looked around for zebras or impalas and then realized she was hunting the giraffes! As she hurried off into the riverbed, my guests yelled that there were more lions behind the other car. Two BIG males. One stalked off towards the giraffes, but on the opposite side of the road to the lioness. They were surrounding the giraffes...
The other lion used our two vehicles as cover and crept slowly towards the giraffe, which were munching trees by the road none the wiser.
Do you want this watching you?
(This all comes after telling my clients minutes earlier that giraffe could be great indicators that there are predators around- if they're all looking in one direction, there may well be a cat around. I had explained that because these giraffe were so relaxed, it meant there probably weren't any hungry predators close by
As our boy crept closer and we rolled down the road with him, one of my guests noticed the female from earlier was now running towards the giraffe along the road and in our direction. They didn't see her until she was right at them!
Watching giraffes run was an absolute thrill. The lioness was joined by the two males and another girl for the chase, but they just missed out.
The lions then walked back into the road to sulk together, before retiring to a nearby tree.
It was truly incredible, and to have a sighting like that largely to ourselves in Kruger was extremely special.
Later in the day we found this guy, hanging out of a dead tree and watched as it climbed down inside, turned itself around and climbed back up again
And finally, to end the day, we had a leopard on the S28. It was far off, but was still a 'tick' on my guests checklist and they really enjoyed it
In all, we had elephants, rhino, lion, leopard, kudu, bushbuck, zebra, impala, wildebeest, crocodiles, hippos, water monitor, rock monitor, warthog, steenbok, giraffe and a few others i'm probably forgetting.