SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2013 - ALL DAY.
Morning: Our route for today was H9 to Sable Hide and return via S69 loop.
Afternoon: H1-6 and S47 to Mingerhout Dam and return.
We were really looking forward to today as we were going to Sable Hide. We have never been there before and a BIG plus is that another mite from another website will be meeting us there.
Not much to be seen on this road so Joan took this photo of a rather bedraggled looking eagle.
At Sable Hide there was nothing to be seen until this herd of impala came down to graze.
The other mite arrived and produced a flask of coffee much to Joans delight.
A German couple then arrived, the man with a bazooka Canon camera and lens, and the chatter continued. They were flying back to Germany tonight so could not stay long and left soon afterwards.
After about 90 minutes we too took leave of each other and went our separate ways.
At Masorini Dam there were three elephant drinking, two from the trough and one deciding it was better to go directly to the source.
This one reminded us so of our dear departed Labrador who also could not drink water without dribbling the last drops all over the show.
At Nhlanganini Dam there was a huge herd of buffalo. Joan could not fit them all in even on wide angle lens.
From here and all the way to Mingerhout Dam and back all we saw were monkeys and baboons. In hindsight it was rather silly to do the S47 as we could see signs of work being done, although no workers in sight, on the culvert wash aways.
On the S47 loop we saw four double-banded sandgrouse/sandgreese/sandgrouses/sandgrice???????
These fellows can sure camouflage themselves as at first we saw four but by the time the camera was ready there were only two to be seen.
Back in camp I got this shot of the bats leaving their bat box.
That was all for this episode BUT so as to ensure you get your moneys worth I will now add all our rhino photos so as not to give away their whereabouts.
This guy was so close we had to reverse a couple of metres in order to fit him in the picture. He was also very calm and stayed right where he was as we drove past.
Now this guy had a different agenda. He kept playing hide and seek with us. He would trot ahead and around the corner and disappear. We would then come forward and he would suddenly storm out of the bush and give us the beady eye. This went on for four times until he finally gave up and disappeared into the bush on the right hand side of the road. We still drove past very slowly as we were not sure if he was still playing or not. When we saw his backside disappear down into the river bed we knew he had tired of the game.
This one was so enjoying his mud bath he almost fell over a couple of times.
Finally this fellow quietly contemplating whether to have a drink or not.
NEXT: We motor down to Skukuza for a last two nights.