Greetings fellow Mites.
I've been lurking (mostly) on the TR threads for quite a while and having lived vicariously on the excellent reports I feel it's about time I contributed something.
Over the past 24 years my SO and I have visited the KNP almost every year for at least two weeks and have witnessed some amazing things, the most memorable being a fight between a clan of hyaenas and a single lioness which, thankfully, ended with no serious injuries. I'm currently trying to sort out a video clip of this and hope to post it later in this TR - if anyone is interested.
We are currently counting the days until our next trip to paradise (see signature below) which is in about 5 weeks time. I'm planning to post a trip report while we are in the park but this will depend on the internet access - my current CellC 3G contract expires shortly and I won't be renewing that as there is almost no signal in the park. Has anyone had any luck with any of the other providers?
Meanwhile, I thought I'd post a report on our last trip which was in March this year and add some of the pictures I shot.
My son is a great lover of the KNP and has with us for at least one trip per year since about 1987 when he was around 5 years old. He's now living in Japan and we haven't seen him for 4 years so I've been sending him daily trip reports during our visits to make him jealous and to give him an extra incentive to get his butt over here and visit us. So luckily I have something to crib from!
So here goes......
Saturday March 12 2011
Arrived a Pretoriuskop close to gate time as usual so no time to do a quick drive.
Sunday March 13 2011
Pretoruiskop to Orpen
Took a slow drive via Skukuza and the Nhlangulene road. Shot a bat in the bellfrey at Skukuza's shop. Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat if I remember correctly. This one looks quite happy to be hanging around.
Big male lion hiding in the bushes near the Orpen waterhole. You had to look really hard to see him.
Met 'mites DavenJan in the swimming pool - hi guys!
The SO got woken up by the resident honey badger raiding the dustbin. I remember being quite miffed that she didn't wake me up
. She did make up for this later when she met a keeper from Jo'burg Zoo and arranged for us to "go walkies with her HB"
Monday March 14 2011
Orpen to Balule
Slow drive.... a JJ and a car coming slowly the other way and..... leopard! It ran across the road 5 metres in front of the car and vanished into the bush. Any leopard sighting is a good sighting, no chance for pictures though.
Now the trip really starts.
3 nights camping at balule... Ahhhh, one of my favourite camps when it's not too hot, which it was....
Tuesday March 15 2011
Up at sparrow er.. burp and drove to Satara for breakfast on the S90. Weather overcast and dull again so not much photography done. I think the animals were all on holiday anyway because we didn't see much except for...
A rather surprised looking BBJ
who quickly reverted to the regular inscrutable look
According to my crib sheet we saw "loads" on the return journey (h1-4, S89, S91) but it doesn't say what except for another fleeting leopard!
We did get a peek at the sun just before sunset
....To be continued.....