We heard yesterday, that there is a pride of Lions in the area and that there had been sightings of Cheetahs at Babalala, so the decision was easy.
We took a drive up there before heading for Shingwedzi later in the morning for breakfast.
First sighting was a Pearl Spotted Owl, not really happy that we stopped to take some photos. Larger View
Coming closer to the waterhole we were stopped by a beautiful big herd of Buffalos. Larger View
Oh I just love those tiny Buffalo calves… Larger View
We stopped for nearly 45 minutes and watched them crossing the gravel road…
Then we decided it was time to leave, we had just reached the tar road again, when we observed that some Zebras and Wildebeest were crossing the road.
But wait, not only Zebras and Wildebeest, but ROANS too…
We were excited our first sighting of these Antelopes ever…. Larger View
So we turned around as they were obviously on the way to the waterhole…
We drove past the Picnic Spot to the waterhole and waited....
Then all of a sudden a SANPARKS vehicle was swiftly approaching the waterhole, they stopped and one of the guys jumped off the car with a spade in his hand running over to the waterhole to switch on a generator....
We simply could not believe our eyes, here were our first Roans ever, they were heading for the waterhole and now something like this happens
Well the Roans then ignored the waterhole and did not come for a drink, but they did not run away either. So we still had a nice sighting..... Larger ViewLarger View Larger View Larger View
We were still following them, when I detected a movement in the bushes…
A Side Striped Jackal, wow another first for us.
He looked up, turned around and was gone in seconds, so only a bumshot of him Larger View
But the Roans were still there… Larger View Larger View
Then they disappeared into the thick bush and we decided that it was time to leave..
We did not drive too long when I discovered something running around near the main road…
I shouted Honey Badger and stopped, but as usual he was on a mission and running further and further away from the road ( I have to mention another first in Kruger for us…) Larger View
A couple of kilometres on, we had to stop again.
Another Roan was lying underneath a little tree and resting. Larger View
Later a beautiful Magpie Shrike
I love to hear them "sing" Larger View
Coming closer to Shingwedzi we met some Ellis.
And on one occasion had a good laugh.
This Elli was on the way to the entrance of the Mphongolo Loop, were he discovered something lying on the ground. He stopped, he was obviously curious what that might be.
He reached out with his trunk to grab it, he lifted it up, watched it, discovered that is was nothing to eat, threw it away and the Speed Limit sign landed with a bang. Larger View
At Shingwedzi we visited the Low Water Bridge, only to discover that there was nearly no water and therefore no birds, Crocs etc…
So we had a nice breakfast at the restaurant before heading back to Sirheni.
After such an eventful morning we once again decide to stay in camp in the afternoon.
So we took another walk through the camp.
Golden Orb Larger View
Brown-hooded Kingfisher Larger View
Coming closer to the den there were plenty of Waterbucks Larger View
Well, then I knew why Larger View
More of those really impressive males…Larger View Larger View
Of course some Ellis Larger View
And the always so entertaining Francolins Larger View
Close to our cottage a couple of Buffalos were resting in the shade Larger View
In the evening we sat outside, a Giant Eagle Owl was calling in the distance and the Geckos were feeding on the months and insects near the lamp. Larger View
What a wonderful and eventful day…