The winter started a bit too early for for my liking and we decided to have a short break from the cold Mpumalanga Highveld weather by escaping to the Kruger. We only spent 4 days in KNP enjoying temperature of up to 33 deg C again. On 16 June we left home and stayed over at Letaba for 3 nights and were back home again to brave the cold again. Monday morning the mercury dropped to -1 deg C reminding me of what I am missing after the short Kruger trip.
The sightings were a few, but the break defnitely worthwhile. This will be more of a photographic report reflecting on some of our sighting from 16 - 19 JuneDay 1: 16 June 2011 Numbi Gate to Letaba
We were very eager to get to KNP and entered at the closest gate according to the GPS, namely Numbi gate at around 7:30. Our first great sighting was a road block of buffalo on the H1-1.
Further down the road we passed 2 rhino's just before Transport dam and then headed off in the direction of Skukuza- Tshokwana.
Near the Marula loop turn-off on H1-2 we saw a herd of elephants with baby elies.
A tawny eagle was waiting for the day to get warmer baking in the sun south of Tshokwane
Our first road block of cars were at a leopard sighting. SO and LO was able to spot the leopard, but it was impossible to manouvre between the cars so that I could at least see something. The photo was the only proof of what they saw.
After a brunch at Tshokwane we drove further north passing a Saddlebilled stork along the Nwaswitsontso river. We spotted a few more pairs up north near Satara and Letaba, which is an indication that there numbers are increasing.
Around midday a herd of elephants were crossing the H1-4 north of Satara and a yougster was practising a mock charge.
This time we were too late for the lions near Satara but were lucky with the others like zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, giraffes and elephants.
The bird sightings were good and we saw lots of bateleur in the air and Kori-bustard on the ground.
Around 2 pm we booked in at Letaba camp and rested a few hours before a short afternoon drive.
The bungalow was a bit small, but at least had a lovely view over the Letaba river.