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.
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
, that's Kruger, but what she takes with one hand she gives with the other (You will see why in a few days time).
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.
We again headed off, as we turned left up the S41 we watched a group of feeding Southern Ground Hornbills.
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.
and then they headed to Gudzani dam..
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.