Our trip to KNP was ending, last 5 days. Jan 9th 2011, we woke up early in Olifants, in time to take pics of the Olifants River when the morning was still rising up.
We strolled around the nice camp and had the lucky to see a couple of Tree Squirrels caught in the act!
Besides the tree squirrel, we saw only one Gecko and 1 Zebra Millipede in the camp.
We took the car and started moving to Letaba where we would sleep that night. We followed S44 to reach Olifants viewpoint. We were moving slowly and reached a small stream, where we started watching a young Nile Crocodile, very close by, calmly resting in the water.
As he was close, good pics were easy to take, and we delighted on the close-ups.
But it was not only that... The stream was bubbling, boiling with 23 Serrated-Hinged Terrapins.
That was another great encounter, so close to the bathing elephant, another highlight of the trip. They were behaving in a manner that really seemed strange to us, they would come and go, come and go, taking rounds, one after the other...
The Nile Crocodile was now closer, very very close to the car, and the Terrapins coming and going, coming and going, and as they got close to the car, they would stretch their necks as much as they could, look intently at us, and then go back to the water, just to be replaced by another swarm of Terrapins.
They were really coming close to the car, as you can see here.
And that poor fellow Crocodile... they had no respect at all for him, stepping over him, swimming on his back. We thought that was not a Crocodile who was imposing much respect. But he was a young fellow.
Did you ever seen or heard about this Terrapin behavior? I will end the posting with a sad hypothesis that passed through my mind, in order to see what you think. Anyway, that gave us the opportunity to take some very nice pics, with stunning close-ups of them, with those nice muddy shells.
Here is the hypothesis... Maybe tourists who would better feel ashamed of themselves were feeding those Terrapins.... They were comijng and going to the car in the hope of food being thrown from the car windows... What do you think? Could it be the explanation for that bizarre behavior?
That stream was anyway fantastic... We were enticed by the Terrapins and our solitary Crocodile.... but then we looked to the side... And there was a Water Monitor on the other side of the road.... But this will be another posting.