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 Post subject: Re: Saved by two sunset drives - Kruger NP August
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and we then turned onto the S100 heading for satara, we hadn't had any sightings on this road for the past few years so had no expectations, and after just leaving lions didn't expect to see a lion walking down the road :big_eyes: ...as we got close to the cars following we realized there was a small pride of lions. Two lionesses and around 5 or 6 teenage males and they were on the move so we followed. We eventually managed to get in front of them and drove on waiting for them to arrive.

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One lioness with a mark by her left eye seemed to be the boss...


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at one point the group crossed in a dip in the road over a small stream, at this point a car came around the corner and was met by around 8 lions on a mission....in shock they stalled the car...and didn't know whether to get their camera out or reverse.... :D

the group headed off into the grass and we headed for satara for a well deserved breakfast :thumbs_up:

sorry for all the cat pics :wink: but you just have to don't you..

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by two sunset drives - Kruger NP August
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and so we arrived back at Satara for a later breakfast than we thought and were joined by our friends who had seen little on their drive from olifants.

In satara car park 2 scoops owls were on car park duty

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we headed back up to Balule and tried to get a photo of the grey billed hornbills but only this bird would sit long enough for a picture.

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In balule camp we stalked two cardinal woodpeckers for a pic

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We did go out for an evening drive from Balule but saw nothing of interest and then we returned to camp for a relaxing braii;watched by a rather old but large hyena and we drifted off to the sound of hippos and hyenas ........bliss :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by two sunset drives - Kruger NP August
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21st August - Balule to Satara

and so we left Balule with our friends and headed to satara, we saw a few black back jackals asleep but they soon moved as we approached.

we saw only general game down the S90 and onto the S100 apart from these 3 spurfowl..

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We then headed down the H6 to have breakfast at Nwanetsi, on the way we saw 3 hyenas heading into the bush where we later found there den, secretary bird that wasn't up for having its photo taken and some zebbies.

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We had a lovely breakfast and then stopped at Sweni hide where we saw an African Paradise flycatcher, not a brilliant photo but our only one of the trip.

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and then we arrived at Satara.

By now our friends had had quite a dry spell as far as sightings go (although you can never tell by looking at there photos :wink: )

and so as a thank you for putting up with us we surprised them with a sunset drive that evening....and crossed our fingers.

Sunset Drive number 1

We arrived at 4.00 and there was already a number of people there...brilliant we will get off on time. A guide arrived began checking the people and placed a few of us on one vehicle and the others to one side. He then went off to get the other vehicle. By now it was 20 past :?

He arrived back and 2 americans arrived, they thought they had booked a full vehicle and obviously paid for every seat and was not happy to join the rest of us.....so off our driver went back to reception.

The other vehicle left and we waited 4.45 we left and we were not amused :rtm:

As we left satara our guide received a call about a lioness on the H7, so off we went, we saw the cars ahead and our guide turned off the road down a dirt track, it was a good idea but as we reached the area he turned around and headed back to the road....then as we reached the road the other sunset vehicle was turning onto the dirt track :doh: so we stopped reversed and followed...only to see the outline of a lioness tucked in a bush :slap: , this was not the drive we had hoped for.

After a few minutes we headed back in the direction of satara followed by the other sunset vehicle, we turned down the S100 and they carried on down the H1-3.

As we turned onto the S100 a lone male wildebeest, stood in a clearing and so we then got a good 5 minutes of his story. Now I love the wild and I love to learn about the bush but you can stay too long with certain animals while there is still light to see other animals. Eventually we moved off, I spotted a pearl spotted owlet which was lovely to see. and then we were stopped by a couple who told us there was a female lioness with cubs several km's up the road :dance: . Our guide thanked them and drove off...very slowly...now I know how happy I would be if our friends got to see lion cubs and I hoped we wouldn't be too late.

After a short while we were stopped and told again :dance: and then.....

we stopped at a giraffe :big_eyes: ,before the guide could speak, I commented how "nice and big the giraffe was but was there any chance we cold return to see the giraffe after we had looked for the lioness"

I looked around and everyone else was nodding, "yes ok then" and off we went. By now it was getting dark and I asked my SO to turn the spotlight on so we had a better chance of seeing them...within a couple of minutes from behind us we heard ' Stop eyes'...

To Be Continued.....

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by two sunset drives - Kruger NP August
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and the eyes were from lions...with cubs :dance: , it was dark so pics aren't brilliant. I also realized that we had seen this group the day before...we could tell because of the cub with a furless tail.

One lioness was giving a cub a bit of a telling off.

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after a while the group crossed the road and sat down on the other side.

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after a fantastic 30 minutes we headed back down the S100 and one cub watched us as we left them in peace.

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we had a brief sighting of a porcupine and then as we got to the end of the S100, we were all so happy and maybe cold that we thought we would be heading back, but we turned left away from camp........

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by two sunset drives - Kruger NP August
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and so we headed down to the H6, drove up a little way then turned around and headed back, we turned right onto the H1-3 looking for leopard in the trees and as we crossed the bridge 2 porcupines headed off into the river bed..no shots sorry.

and then as we headed up the bank before you get to the turn for the S100 our guide saw eyes in the road and with a squeak of excitement and a need to be quiet he said ' wild dogs' :big_eyes: :big_eyes: and yes between 5 and 8 wild dogs had crossed the road and were now moving through the bush away from us, it was all quick and I was on the wrong side of the vehicle but to see the excitement of our guide and to hear that this was his second wild dog sighting from satara. :D . For us it was our 3rd wilddog sighting of the trip...not the last or the best :wink:

Our excitement was now overcoming the cold and knowing we were heading to satara we started to contemplate the quality of food from satara and then as the lights of satara and our tea came into view, 3 large male lions decided to make us wait a little longer...and we didn't complain.

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What a great sunset drive, we were really happy and so were our friends :dance: :dance:

Even the averageness of our satara meals didn't put us off, amazing to see that two of us ordered the same thing but when they arrived looked very different :slap:

and we slept well...

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by two sunset drives - Kruger NP August
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20th August - Satara

This morning we were going to do the Mananga Trail while our friends headed for the S100.

Before we could book the mananga trail we went out for a drive upthe H1-4 but saw nothing. :(

We booked in and then joined the trail on the H1-4 and headed inwards, near the centre we found a large group of Zebra and so we stopped for pics.

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In the center we stopped for a coffee and then headed towards the S100, we joined the S100 and turned left immediately bumping into our friends...they were looking at 3 lions that had just gone into a river bed but then told us about a group of 6 cheetah we had missed by minutes :slap: , that's Kruger, but what she takes with one hand she gives with the other (You will see why in a few days time).

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We soon left them and headed up the S100 where we soon stopped at some more cars watching a lioness and cubs in the distance.

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We again headed off, as we turned left up the S41 we watched a group of feeding Southern Ground Hornbills.

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We turned left onto the mananga trail and soon noticed the grunts of an impala, after stopping to listen again a troop of baboons began to kick off and as we pulled upto the river edge I spotted a cat like shape moving in the grass and then another.

I turned the car on and three point turned back down the trail, as if from out of nowhere and heading straight for us was a female and around 7 teenage males, I couldn't be sure if it was the group we had seen the day before but they past us on a mission and so close, and I had that weird feeling we were all alone ona trail and I didn't get one good shot.....but what an experience and they were heading to the road.

So we drove back to the road and turned left we took a guess about where they would come out and managed to get a high point of view. We spotted an impala fixed on the distance, we then spotted a path and drove to where it met the road, again my pics are pretty bad as the lions were within touching distance as they past our car.

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and then they headed to Gudzani dam..

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We followed them along the bankside until we realized where they were going so we headed of to the dam viewpoint. We waited for several minutes and as I began to think we were wrong, impalas and vervets exploded out of the trees followed by a lioness who seemed to skirt the water pushing the impala into the trees and then she stopped and sauntered into the bush. What had happened?

Our guess is that she skirted around from left to right leaving the boy sin the middle, and then running from right to left along the bank she forced the impala into the ambush and once her job was done she stopped and walked in to pick up her Macdonalds :(

No pics, but what an amazing sight, the speed of the lioness was amazing and something we were to see again near the end of our trip.

We sat for a while trying to listen for squabbling lions but heard nothing! maybe they missed? and then we headed back onto the managa trail.

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by two sunset drives - Kruger NP August
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back on the managa trail we saw very little but this male waterbuck was happy to sit while we took some pics.

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Later we headed down the H6 in the hope of finding the hyena den, and luckily mum and 2 cubs were about.

a youngster was nearly cross eyed keeping an eye on a fly.

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by two sunset drives - Kruger NP August
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thanks cape of storms, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, meandering mouse, elsa..

just for you another pic of the little hyena and fly..

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by two sunset drives - Kruger NP August
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23rd August - Satara - Lower sabie

We left satara and headed down the H1-3 before heading right along the Sweni Road, we spotted a kill with bataleurs and a tawny eagle on it but it was hidden behind a bush. After heading down the S36 and then back on the S33 where we saw a range of animals before heading into Tshokwanae for breakfast.

a Hammerkop on a rock in the riverbed,
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a moody buffalo
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an elegant Tawny eagle
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a hungry vulture
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as we joined the H4-1 we pondered if we would see a leopard after such a long time with no sightings and just before Nkuhlu we spotted some cars looking across the river bed, at first we thought they were looking at the lions in the river bed but then in a tree above them we saw the kill in the tree and then 2 leopards.

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as we had to pitch the tent we carried on and just before lower sabie came to a bit of a jam, a leopard was in the tree right next to the road but its back was towards the road, we decided to drive through and turn around and join the slow queue, as we got close a BMW with massive exhaust was revving ridiculously to reverse out of its position and with a large land Rover between us and the leopard we missed its escape into the bush.... :slap:

after pitching up we decided to head over the bridge and make our way upto the two leopards we had seen on the other side of the river..but first we were stopped by a pied kingfisher

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we eventually got to the tree and there was no-one there amazingly, we waited for a long time and although it was terrible for pics it was lovely to see the 2 leopards relaxing and moving around and when two guys arrived and began to pop out of the sunroof with beers in hand we knew it was time to leave...

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would we see any more cats on the way back to camp.... :wink:

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and so as we ended our day we headed back down to lower sabie, we first came to a bridge and found around 5 cars looking at a mother and cub leopard feeding in a tree but they were far in difficult to see so we continued on.

As we got closer to lower sabie we crossed the last bridge to find the resident leopard asleep on his rocks, it was getting late so pics aren't the best.

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and not 5 minutes after leaving him we came across two male lions asleep at the side the road, we waited for a couple of minutes with them before they got up and vanished into the bush...

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we enjoyed a night full of the sounds of a leopard barking across the river from the deck. :D

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24th August - Lower sabie

We left lower sabie and headed firstly north before returning back to camp for breakfast.

On the way up we had a brief sighting of a male lion crossing the road and on the way back we had better light and took pics of a few of the things we saw.

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We finished watching the fish eagle and as I placed the camera back on the seat a leopard walked into the road in front of us. It was only him and us, unfortunately I decided to go down one of the pull offs thinking it would cross but he doubled back and only my SO got a pic, it was as usual very exciting and very frustrating.

As we relaxed by sunset dam we photographed a couple of the local birds..

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after breakfast we headed up to Nkumbe view point and on the way spent a good 10 minutes watching a honey badger who was busy digging up something edible.

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This is my SO's pic of the leopard.. :D :D

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We had a reasonably quiet afternoon; sightings wise but after a run-in with a leopard chaser and reporting him in camp our day was cut short and we decided to just have an early day..

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25th August - lower sabie

Today we decided to leave the madness of lower sabie and drive to the biyamati bridge and back. Some where along the way we saw this little fellow..

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it was a miserable cloudy day and the animals seemed to be sulking, this hawk looked fedup.

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When we arrived at the weir we spent over an hour trying to get a photo of the pied kingfisher in flight but he wasn't playing ball, instead we got two geese who seemed to be having a domestic by all the noise they were making.

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it was a quiet drive back and the bird we had been looking for popped up in camp, white fronted bee eaters, unfortunately the light was terrible but we enjoyed watching them for over an hour.
At first when we spotted them we sat in our car taking pics, it was a good 5 minutes before we remembered we could get out :doh:

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We relaxed in camp for a while and then headed south around 3.45, as we got to Dukes waterhole we came across a pride of lions with a kill, we could see their heads but little else but we decided to stay for a while anyway..one cub was quite interested in the vulture that was waiting for its turn.

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as we sat there a lady pulled up and asked us if we had seen the ********, we said we hadn't and she explained to us where it was....well we had an hour' ish to gate closing time so we decided we would take a drive and risk it.....I will expand later...sorry, don't want to give it away.. :thumbs_up:

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and so the lady had told us of a cheetah, with kill, on the road down to Nhlanganzwani, now I have been to this dam several times and with no water in it we have never seen anything there but had heard of cheetah in the area.

As the lions were definitely resting we decided to have a look. As we got further down the S107 we passed 2 cars and got to the bottom :wall: :wall: , oh well, worth a try but as we turned at the bottom my SO spotted the kill behind a tree not 3 metres from the road but only a vulture was feeding on it. We had a look about and then drove up to a small pull in to watch the sun go down.

and then I spotted a white belly on the dam wall :big_eyes:

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It was a cheetah who had moved off the kill but still could be seen, by now 2 more cars had arrived and we pointed her out.

We had about 30 minutes before we needed to make a move back to camp so we sat and watched her as sun began to set.....and then a movement from our left.....and we witnessed what must be one of the rarest scenes in Kruger...6 cheetahs together. ( even though our friends saw 6 cheetahs on the S100 a few days before :hmz: )

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We came to the conclusion, right or wrong, that this was their mum and they had by chance met up again as they sniffed her and then relaxed by her side.

Too shortly we had to move off back to camp...but how lucky had we been :thumbs_up:

We had a great last night in camp with our friends, even though we found, captured and rehomed a huge spider from the flap of their safari tent :big_eyes:

but the excitement wasn't to end there...at about 2am I awoke to what I thought was a tap dripping...and then more like fire..FIRE :big_eyes: , I shot out of the tent to find 2 other people standing on the top road looking into the public picnic area...and a fire was building, as I stood there in my pants, we pondered what to do...I got my SO to ring any number she could find while I ran to the gate and managed to wake the lady guard up..

"There's a fire"...okay said the lady...."No, not ok; its going towards the camp" ....okay I will ring...and she disappeared.

After 20 mins a couple of ladies in their nightgowns arrived in a car and told us the firemen were on their way. 20 mins later and they arrived...with floppy spades :hmz: .

There was still only a few people awake but I was amazed that there was no smell, and it would look like its out only to ignite a tree or bush a few minutes later.

We slept well again that night.

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