With the detaching heavy rain the animals one after the other showed up again and we soon spotted our first elephant bull for that day and also realized that the S82 was already closed. Sunset dam was still that green as yesterday but a bit more birds could be seen and they even appeared extreme close where we parked with our car. A highlight for us for this green back heron, as we did not know at that stage that this bird will cross our paths a lot more during this holiday as all the previous holidays counted together.
The small and agile three banded plover was around
and even a pair of Egyptian goose could be seen
as well as one of these always busy running around wood sandpipers
and even a common sandpiper showed also up.
Time for a short break at Lower Sabie to stretch the legs a bit and nearly already back in the car to once again give the S29 and the Muntshe loop another try but before we could even cross the Lower Sabie causeway we got entertained by a troop of baboons converted into a road block as most of them where sitting right on the tar road and others drank from a large puddle close by.
Some of them even made it clear that this is for real a no entry road.
Unfortunately today it was even quieter as the previous day and on the S29 only an extreme wet elephant came across which obviously had the time of his life with the many huge puddles nearly to be found everywhere.
According to the road closures after the January flood and today’s heavy rain we had not much options in our decision which road to take and although the Muntshe loop might be quiet it is still a very atmospheric road which made me goose bumps all over only when travelling on it. Maybe the following picture can explain a bit better what I mean!
The only animals which came across today on the S122 were elephant bulls, huge lone bulls which wanted obviously no longer to be alone and wanted to say “Hi” to us. This chap was tremendous and I suddenly did not feel that good any longer!
as he came closer and closer and the road was far too small to turn the car around so we had to drive backwards and pray that he might decide to turn into the veld sooner or later – I hoped for a sooner decision.......
Finally he started to get insecure and after some typical elephant gestures he trotted off and gladly for us unblocked the road.
But not soon the next elephant occurred a bit farer away from the road and he played gardener as he was more than busy in pinching the trees.
He not only broke once nearly a whole bush out of the tree – We watched this at least three times always followed by an extreme loud cracking and then he started to rip of the bark and munched luckily away on same.
Lots of grey headed shrikes accompanied us back to the Lower Sabie causeway and now we also could stop for the meanwhile no longer hectically in the water floating crocodiles – Same now could be found extreme relaxed on the small sandbanks in the river with obviously heavily stuffed bellies.
The nasty smell was also gone and obviously all of them – it must have been more than twenty – had an excessive feast last night.
Life can be so good!
We enjoyed another short break at Lower Sabie with the obligatory icecream in hand and still had enough time to stroll in snail’s pace to Biyamiti. We stopped for watching the many elephant herds all around in that area
and stopped also for the many barn swallows out of which at least one of them was willing to pose.
Although the day started with heavy rain now everything was back to normal at least in the African bush and the sun was baking from above and it got hotter and hotter with each kilometre we drove. We drove back via the S28 now from above and suddenly Timon braked abruptly and we still could see the head of a very alert and angry looking lioness. Unfortunately the grass and bushes in that area were extreme high and although we tried from different angles to at least get a single shot we had to drive away empty handed – At least we could see another lion and I think she ducked into the grass because she might have had some cubs hidden somewhere.
Finally she reminded us how a lion looked but we were confident that we will have later during the holiday enough time to watch more of them.......
Animalwise it was quiet today which was maybe caused by the strange weather but also traffic-wise is was quiet so we enjoyed our drive even more. A beautiful juvenile martial eagle is always worth to stop for
and then we must have disturbed a giraffe which was about to drink but obviously decided against it and stuck instead its tongue out.to be continued...