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..
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.
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.
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
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
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
so we stopped reversed and followed...only to see the outline of a lioness tucked in a bush
, 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
. 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
we stopped at a giraffe
,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.....