Today was sadly our last full day in Kruger
After having such amazing sightings this was quite a bummer to think that the next day we would be home.
And what's a trip to Kruger with out taking advantage of the Murphy's Law?
I woke up early as usual and then I woke up my parents.
This time I new that the morning drive would be successful as my dad said "Go with out me, I'm really tired."
To be honest I hate it when people decide not to come with as it's not as much fun and in this case we wouldn't have great photos.
On the other hand the sightings are always great.
We decided to do the H1-3, S126, S36, H7 and back to camp for breakfast and to pack up.
We thought we might do this route as we saw the Sweni lion pride on the night drive the night before and that we might catch a glimpse of them again in the morning.
Our first sighting for the day:
This made our day as the very injured male from the night drive wasn't limping at all this morning.
Poor quality as I had to take it off the camcorder.
But at least our theory was valid
We caught more than a glimpse
Then about a few seconds on the S126 we saw my dad's favourite animal.
The rest of the trip was very quiet as it got hotter.
Then when got back to camp we had a nice breakfast and sadly finished packing up.
We thought that the hyena might still be at the Sweni Waterhole for my dad.
But out second lion sighting for the day was.
But what happened next was an experience we all will never ever forget.
At the waterhole was a huge herd of elephants.
Suddenly they all stopped drinking and started running towards us.
Wasn't a charge but just their daily route.
But the sight of having a herd of 100+ elephants running towards you is quite unbelievable.
Then we had to make our way back.
At Kumana dam was our 3rd lion sighting far off. But we weren't even looking at them. We were looking at the leopard who was under a tree about 50m from them.
We could see the lions and the leopard at the same time!
Again taken from video camera.
We then continued and when we got to Mazithi Dam, yip you guessed it. Our 4th lion sighting for the day.
Where are they?
Zoom in 400X
We had apparently just missed them attempting to hunt a zebra.
We then got to Skukuza and went on a drive with Outlook Safaris.
It was absolutely beautiful.
We did the H11, H4-1, H12,H1-2.
For once we were actually the car to spot a lion.
I'm usually the 100th person there.
And yes, our 5th lion sighting for the day.
She was the mother of 3 cubs we found 500m further.
Our 6th lion sighting for the day.
We then started to head back to camp.
Giant Eagle Owl
And a beautiful sunset to end our trip.
Records broken for the day:
1. Big 5 in 17 minutes (Lion & Leopard at same place)
2. 6 lion sightings in 1 day.
3. Biggest herd I have ever seen
Sadly the next day wasn't too exciting.
I hope you all enjoyed my trip report.