Sadly we didn't see the leopard, but did catch sight of this family
The people coming down the road, did the traditional "slow down and try to see what the heck they are looking at" and must have been a bit disappointed that it was a warthog!
We trundled on slowly, but we saw n-o-t-h-i-n-g except birdies!!
European Bee Eater
Then this little Steenbok took off across the road. Great action shot, but not the best when taking it through the windscreen.
As we headed up to the viewsite (Mathokenyane I think), we saw this lovely Emerald Spotted Wood Dove
When we got to the top of the rocks, this is the view that greeted us....and we wondered why we could not see a blooming thing through the foliage!
Stunning as it was, even from that vantage point, we did not see a single animal!
We continued and I was looking forward to stopping at the De la Porte waterhole as I have seen lovely animals there before, but the grass was sooooo high you couldn't actually see the waterhole itself so we didn't stay long. I was amazed at the damage done to the little bridge just past it.
We arrived at Skukuza for a convenience break and this little spider caught my eye, but they others didn't seem interested,
but this family was causing much interest and excitement. The staff were doing all they could to shoo them out of the way.
We checked the sightings board at Skukuza and were very happy to see that lion had been seen in 3 places along the Marula Loop, so why should we not go and have a look……
Off we went across the low water bridge and up the other side and …”Road Closed!” Blast! They must have got in from the other side, so being good law abiding citizens, we turned around and off we go again!
On the way we saw this majestic Kudu
and a European Roller and Carmine Bee Eater which were a bit far for a decent photo.
We made our way to the high water bridge and were quite taken aback by the damage that the floods had caused. I know that you have probably seen so many of these photos, but we were really amazed when we realised just how high the water had gone.
The S30 was closed so we kept going and got to the T junction with the H 1-2, turned left and …..”Road Closed”!! Now I am not blonde, but for the life of me I could not understand how, if the road at either end of the Marula Loop was closed, did people manage to see, not 1, not 2, but 3 different lots of lions!!
Oh well, plan B…turn around again and head off to LS along the H4-1. On the way back to the bridge we saw this shy Nyala family and it gave me a chance to explain the difference between the Nyala and kudu female to our friends.
I did only realise after I had got home and downloaded my photos, that the one was actually a young male in transition to becoming as stunning as his daddy!
We stayed on the tar road and found this beautiful Fish Eagle sitting in his tree
and then decided to take the N’watimhiri Causeway.
In March last year, I had found a leopard family in this area and before you have a good laugh…I do realise that they don’t stay in the same place waiting for me to pay a visit, but they are territorial and numerous people have reported their sighting in TRs. We swung a left and we saw……….
White Fronted Bee Eaters and NO leopards. Knowing our luck, they were probably waltzing down the road while we did the gravel!
Lubyebye bridge was our next stop looking for…..aahh forget it! I had given up looking for anything as it was just frustrating me. Mr Buffalo was the only resident!
We opted to stop at Sunset Dam, surely we would see Herons and Kingfishers and Lapwings and ….and….. and not much!!
White Crowned Lapwing
This slow boat was teaching me patience all over again!