Its so nice of you all to comment on my TR. If the other readers of our TR realized that it makes a real difference (their comments) I'm sure more of them would give us feed back.
Kaapsedraai - I'm sure you gave my fellow Aussies some good advise. Its good to get first hand knowledge. Most Australians I talk to think that the only way available to see the animals and birds etc of Africa is with private game parks and operators. Most of the ones I tell about our experiences are amazed that there is other ways i.e. via SANparks website. and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
Back to my TR -
We left Skukuza about 5 p.m. and were informed that we would do a sunset drive and then go to the braai about 6.30.
The first animal we saw on our drive was this hyena and when we came back the same way (about 2 hours later) she was still in basically the same spot.
We drove south and here's a couple of photo's of the sun setting + my very poor version of it (I had a very limited palette with no black in it)
We stopped at Mathekenyane (Granokop) and watched the sun finally set. Here's a photo of all of the passengers on the drive - on the left is my husband, then G'daughter, her friend, myself and then the other 4 people.
and our G'daughter and her friend admiring the view
Just after we left the view point a private car stopped us and said if we took the Malalane road and continued down for about 10 km's then we would see ????? (I'll leave you guessing for awhile).
We were all very excited and really wished that we were allowed to go faster. We were worried we would miss the sighting.
As we came around one corner - we seemed to have gone further than 10 km's our driver/ranger spotted a vulture in a tree (it was nearly dark)
We pulled over to the right hand side of the road and saw an amazing sight. A mother cheetah and her 3 cubs (about 1/3 to 1/2 grown I expect) on an impala kill. We were so pleased that no other predators had driven her off. She was very alert and didn't eat the whole 1/2 hour we watched them. Even the cubs were really watchful. The mother disappeared behind the bushes after about 1/4 hour.
We could just see her occasionally. Sometimes one of the cubs would wander back to where she was and then come back to the hill.
Here are the photo's - these are not very good but the best of the ones I took (I took heaps more) and I'll also try and upload a video (its a bit shaky as I was standing up).
This is the mother
and this not very good photo of all 3 cubs
After that there was usually only 2 of them at a time eating
If you look on the left hand side of this photo there's a 3rd cheetah (don't they blend in well)
By this time I was getting nervous for the cheetah's - I was worried that us being there would attract other predators. I also felt like we had had a great viewing and that we should leave them in peace to finish eating. All told we were there for 1/2 hour or more.
As we left the driver said we had better get going as the braai would be waiting for us.
Well the adrenaline rush was amazing. We (us 4) had never seen a cheetah in the wild, and to see a mother a cubs on a kill was just mind blowing. We couldn't stop talking and babbling about it. We had been so quiet while looking at the sighting that we all let off steam at once.
To be continued.I