It was our last day in the park after 16 great days and the day of our exit which we are doing from Satara via Numbi gate, so a nice drive with potential of some great sightings. We left Satara early morning and fortunately did not had the scare of petrol strike we have had in Dec'11 where we had just made it to the town of Malelane.
We took the H1-3 tar road and stopped at most of the waterholes and dams alongside the road. At Leeupan, it was fairly quite, despite some visitors along the road told us there is a leopard in a tree at the entrance, but when we arrived there, no cars and no leopard as we searched every bush and tree with 4 sets of eyes scanning the area. I guess those people were having us on.
Nevertheless we stopped at Leeuan and spotted some White-faced ducks.
At the Sandriver bridge or was it the Sabie river bridge, a herd of buffalo was relaxing and sleeping in the water. It was quite an interesting sighting.
On a more sombre note, SO spotted this dead monitor on the side of the road on the bridge. We were not sure how it got killed, though. It was so ironic that one of the first things we saw when entering the park was a monitor 'giving us the heads up' (refer page 1 of this TR) and now that we are exiting, one of the last this dead one.
As I had forgotten to get my stamp for my Kruger passport at Nkhulu picnic spot, we did a detour to obtain the stamp. On our way there we stopped so this Ground agama could pass first. I must add that the area had become extremely busy traffic wise.
On our way back, we stopped at a very busy Skukuza for brunch. The one last thing we wanted to do was to pay a quick visit to Lake Panic,which we did. Grey heron building a nest and some Greater-striped swallows entertained us at a relatively quite Lake Panic.
It was difficult to get going, but time was catching up as we had to be in Pretoria at a certain time. We travelled the S1 road hoping to get a last glimpse of some wild dogs we had the privilege of seeing when we stayed at Skukuza at the beginning, but they had other plans that day. All worth while spotting was this Brown snake eagle, as we hit the S3 towards Pretoriuskop.
The view towards Pretoriuskop from the S3.
After stopping at Pretoriushop, we hit the H1-1 towards Numbi gate....which brings us to the time where we exited the park.
....and so a most memorable 16 days from the south-to-north-and-back trip had came to an end.
But before we end off this TR, it will be fitting to share some rhino sightings as they have been omitted because I did not want to disclose their locations....so coming up next, some rhinos...