Thanks so much to MM, Trrrppp, Kaapsedraai, Jock, Tawny & Philip1
for your continued support and lovely supportive comments as we wend our way thorough the park. Thursday - 6th June
Today, for something different we decided to take a drive to Malelane Gate
and "do" that side of the park for a change, so it was an early departure and we arrived at the gate at 6.20am.
Always so special to see, somewhere along we had a crossing of a RhinoLarge
Drove up to B & D for a pit stop and then onwards to the S110
stopped off at the Matjulu water hole but nothing too much there so we moved onwards.Large
This little beauty was posing for us! Scarlet-chested SunbirdLargeLarge
and then seeing a Giraffe
crossing the road, we stopped for a while and a second one ambled up to join him. Large
and they began having a practice session of head butting and sparing.LargeLargeLargeLarge
It was fascinating watching them take turns at whacking each others with their long necks, all very disciplined and gentlemanly at that stage!
They finally moved on and so did we.
Then we met up with "curiosity" who gave us a long look!
Love their white moustaches! Large
High up among the mountains was the choice of this little African HoopoeLarge
By this time tummies were rumbling and so it was off to Afsaal for a delicious brekkie and altho the shop was virtually empty of curios etc they still served us a good eggs/bacon/tomato/chips spread, very good coffee and hot chocolate.
The usual "beggers" were in attendanceLargeLarge
After a bit of rambling around and some time later we came across this group of 3 Rhinos.LargeLargeLargeLargeLarge
We were sitting quietly with the engine off, just watching them, when the one ambled across the road and straight towards the side of the car, until she was almost nose in the window!
now we had a bit of dilemma as to what to do, do we start up and move off and possibly startle her or sit tight and possibly annoy her?
Then the third one, a male who had been hanging around on the sidelines decided to investigate further, and this seemed to definitely not meet with her approval, much huffing and puffng!
so we decided to take our chances and move on, which we did and fortunately she was distracted by the males presence and didn't seem to notice our hasty departure but that was certainly one of our closest encounters and one that will go down as a very special.
Then someone stopped us and told us of 5 Lions on a kill that had just happened a bit further on up the road, so we decided to investigate and altho not all that close to the road manged to get some sort of views and pics.Large
There also seemed to be a bit of bad temper at the dinner table!LargeLargeLargeLarge
He looks as if he got the "Lion's share"Large
surprising really as I don't think 1 Impala went very far!
and they wandered off to lie in the shade and digest their meal.
and so did we!
and a youngster who seemed more interested in us than Mom who turned her back.Large
We love the Biyamiti Loop
and this time a little Three banded Plover
was in attendance.LargeLarge
On the S23
we found a pair of cute KlipspringersLarge
Slowly making our way along the S114, very corrugated so lots of loose fillings later and then onto the S25
for our homeward stage.
A lovely male Kudu
then suddenly crossing the road in front of us an Africa Rock Python
but unfortunately as is often the case we only managed to get the tail as it slithered very quickly into the grass.Large
A couple of Meves Long tailed Starlings Large
and then I caught a glance of a lone Lioness walking along a little way in the bush, she seemed to be on a mission, not stopping but definitely making her way towards the road, so we tried to estimate where she would be at any given stage as we had lost sight of her by then.
a car stopped and the people asked us what we had seen, so we told them and suggested they wait as we thought she might possibly come out and cross soon, but they gave us a most disbelieving look and moved on?
Would we lie to them!
Anyway as we rounded the corner slowly, we couldn't have timed it better if we tried, there she was about to cross the road, so their loss I'm afraid. LargeLargeLarge
And to end off with another Rhino sighted somewhere along our trip for the day! LargeLarge
And that was the end of another most enjoyable and successful day as far as we were concerned.
This was to be the last of our days down far south as tomorrow we moved onto the next part of our trip, higher up in the park.