Hi all , back home
Yes the hyena was close , and I actually meant to say we
where crossing the river when we saw it
Sun 18th afternoon drive .
Another pair of redbuck along fayi loop , seems like this is a
good area for them , rain was pouring down at the time .
A record number of rhinos along the sand road to afsaal , they
came out in there droves once the rain stopped , we saw a total of 8 groups (about 3 a group) on the way back from afsaal (but didnt see any pancakes cos we got there just after the resturant section closed.)
Almost felt like a drive in a certain cannot be named zululand park
mon 19th morning drive along tar up towards skukuza then down to malelane and out.
Decided we just had to go past afsaal again seen as everyone was luss for pancakes now .
Elephant on tar near transport dam blocking the road , not good when towing caravan , managed to gap it after he moved off road to anhialate some trees .
About 5km north of afsaal , found pack of cars (luckily no green dragons) looking at leopard stalking impala heard
I managed to park to one side of road and waited . after about an hour of the leopard creeping closer , and the impalas looking very edgy , but not being able to see there pursuer , he decided to make a move and started moving at a fast pace towards the heard , now on the opposite side of the road to him , but still unaware of the danger they where in .
Our exitment grew , and I think I managed to get a good snap
or 2 as he moved through the bush .
As he was really picking up speed and moving to make his final attack , some flamming idiot decided to race forward in his 4x4 and park right between the leopard and the impalas , so he just slumped down and stoped his chase .
After another few minutes he tried to make a run for the impalas , but they where now alerted to his presence and the heard started alarm calls , and moved away , with some rams
standing there ground , very brave indeed
My SO gave the guy in 4x4 a real mouthing off , I am sure if he hadnt raced in , that the leopard would have gone into full speed and gotten an impala , as they where only across the road at that stage , and still unsure of the leopards presence ,with thick bush behind them .
It would have been a once in a lifetime sighting .
Pancakes and 1 windhoek draught at afsaal , very nice sweet and savoury pancakes
, enjoyed by whole family .
5 hyenae pups about 5km from malelane gate , nice end to a great trip .
Couldnt convince SO that an extra night in malelane at the last available camp site was needed cos we where leaving at the late hour of 12:30 pm .
Spose I do have work on the cards for tomorrow