A lot of sentinels now again in the best light could be found
and also one of the cheeky woodland kingfishers.
We already turned around as otherwise we would not have made it back in time and met once again all the herds we already saw earlier whilst driving down that road but gladly the elephants came close and between them lots of little ones could be admired as well
and Mom was always on the look out for the little ones.
As we already stocked up with vegetables, fruits and meat at Skukuza no need to visit the shop this evening and so Timon lit already the braai and went inside to start the downloading process and whilst I was busy scanning the area with binoculars I nearly fell from the chair when I saw a large, and he was definitely large, honey badger on the first step of our verandah. I shouted to Timon at least if you can shout silently to come out quickly with the camera we have got a visitor.
Needless to say that the honey badger ran away but was still visible running between all the other bungalow excitedly and soon also all the other people in camp realized the honey badger and soon a crowd of people armed with cameras followed the honey badger and that indeed was a funny sighting as well to end the day with.
I stayed close to our bungalow and watched the whole ado about the honey badger whilst having a ball. The woman from our neighbour bungalow joint me and told me that same is coming nearly each evening at nearly the same time. It looks, however, that same had been fed by people although when coming too close to the honey badger it started to hiss warningly.
The crowd running behind the honey badger dissolved the minute same disappeared and some very happy people returned to their bungalows and let the fire go in the meanwhile fading light.
We also had a lovely dinner on our verandah thinking back how the day started that slow and turned into a very successful one and we started to presume what might come across the next days and with a grin on our faces we soon went into dreamland.Sunday, 17. February, 2013 – Satara
To awake once again in Satara is always something very special to us and always one of the highlights of our trips although we had already stays there were the cats kept totally hidden the whole time during our stay so definitely you never know what might come across the next corner but I think this is always valid for the whole time whilst in Kruger. So with no great expectations we decided to drive as first morning drive the S100 and then decide later where to went next depending on sightings. Gladly carwise we took the right decision as most of the cars in front of us turned into other directions so we nearly had the S100 all to ourselves at that early morning time.
As already experienced yesterday evening until Shibotwana we saw nothing not even a birdie and at the waterhole itself lots of zebra,
wildebeest and impala herds mixed together
were populating that area and after we spent quite a while with them continued our journey with again not much to be seen until we suddenly and this was reality whilst driving around a corner saw two cars on each side of the road standing and directly in the middle we spotted a sleeping beauty
and also our as well as a couple of cars close on our heels could not wake her up - She was deep sleeping in dreamland - she only raised her head to look out for her companion who was not lying far away from her but nearly hidden between flowers and high grass.
The crowd must had followed us as soon we were surrounded by cars and neither could move forward nor backward but with nearly pole position with sight onto the sleeping lioness we anyway had no intention to leave that sighting.
Now she was awake at least for the moment and checked with a glance out of her beautiful brown eyes what the fuss around her has to mean on an early Sunday morning and soon she squinted one eye and the other followed nearly immediately.
And even the head was attracted by force of gravity and found its way back to the ground so the beauty sleep could continue
and time for us to have a closer look to the other lion which up to now also did not move anything besides his head.
More and more cars meanwhile arrived from the back and the inpatient hooting started as the latest cars in the row could not see nothing but the cars in front of us did not want to chase the lions away and also us and the others which had still a good view onto them could not move a single centimeter so a couple of the latecomers simply drove into the veld and overtook from there not knowing if there might be a deep ditch and even the lioness in the road shook reproachfully her head about such a rudeness behaviour.to be continued......