Lower Sabie afternoon drive
Well, we didn't find any lions that afternoon
But we certainly did have some excitement
First thing out of the gate and we heard the sound of a helicopter overhead
Dad got this great pic of the SANParks chopper out on patrol
Then, driving along the H4-2 heading back to camp a car flagged us down.
The fellow asked if we had seen the hyenas with kill at the second waterhole on the S130?
"And…" he added, "there are 2 rhinos wallowing in the first waterhole along the road".
More decisions were needed then
Gate time was getting closer but we hadn't had much in the way of sightings that day
Should we risk it?
There was a unanimous “yes” in the Terios, so off we went on another wildlife spotting adventure
Drove up to the first waterhole which was crowded with cars. But yes, there they were!!!!
WOW, our 2nd and 3rd ever rhinos having a snooze at the waterhole edge
Such incredible animals.
We felt privileged just to watch them sleep
But we still had to see the hyenas at the second waterhole
Just as we got there we saw a hyena running off into the trees and thought we had missed all the action
Then we noticed a strange-looking lump on the grass
I almost didn't recognise what it was at first, but of course, it was a hyena!
It looked hairless in places?? Does anyone know if that is age or mange?
I was a bit worried about this old hyena lying alone out there
But after a few minutes, he/she got up and also disappeared into the bush
So we turned around and stopped back in at the first waterhole with the rhino.
By now there was only one other car there and the rhinos were up and moving about. Towards us!!
One of the rhinos looked up at us, gave a snort and started running towards the Terios
Daddy had the car in gear so we got out of there fast!!!
Whoa, what an adrenalin rush to see such a huge animal coming at you
Our last stop of the day was at the bridge just outside camp. What a fabulous view of the restaurant deck
Both of us soaked in this magical experience
Life abounded around us
Ellies seemed to be everywhere along the banks
And a little flock of Egyptian geese plus black-winged stilt were busy looking for dinner
When we got back to camp we stopped in at the shop to see what was on offer for dinner.
We found a boer wors and some cheese grillers, a couple of tomatoes and a potato salad - YUM!!
Oh, and a few Black Labels
After dinner we sat on the deck listening to the sounds of the African bush
And then it was time to say goodnight gecko....