I woke up with a sadness this morning as I realised today would be our last fully day in the park. We always seem to wait so long for a holiday and then in the blink of the eye it is almost over. So with that in mind, we wanted to make sure that we were making full use of our last day and so at 04:30 we were back out on the road again. It looked like it was going to be another very very hot day as the temperature gage in the car already read 24 degrees and the sun was quickly rising. We made a quick stop at Sonop but all we found was an empty waterhole, so we turned around and continued our drive.
The sun was glaring and it was partially blinding our view, which made spotting very difficult but as usual my SO's super human eyes saw spots.
Spots that belonged to three beautiful cheetah's relaxing in the early morning light perfectly in view on a mound. The camera's quickly came into action. With the sun and light in completely the wrong spot, we didn't get the greatest photos but it was fantastic just to watch these three gorgeous slender cats.
After sniffing and smelling each other and the ground, one decided this wasn't quite the right spot and so moved off.
Then there were two. The second cheetah thought this could be a good idea and decided to follow.
Then there was one. Who was a bit reluctant to give up his comfortable spot but didn't want to be left on his own, so eventually got up and joined the other two.
Though, he did keep looking back as if to say "do I really have to go? Look it's really a comfy spot on the mound".
After they had moved off and we could no longer see them in the long grass, we too moved on.
Sadly we later read that a cheetah was found dead in the road presumably by a speeding car near Sonop. I can't help but think it's one of these. Very upsetting, when an animal loses it's life due to humans disobeying rules.
By now the sun was already baking and the temps were climbing. We saw this beautiful swainson's francolin basking in the sun.
It was almost as if these two giraffes knew that hydration was going to be key and topped themselves up with some liquid.
I saw my first ever comb duck. I just love their unique looking bill and the sparkly shiny coloured feathers in the sunlight.
I am not sure if this male was catching a sun tan or if he was just showing off in front of the female but made for great watching.
Some competition soon arrived on the scene and there was a bit of a squabble. The female wanted to make sure she had a good viewing spot to see who the victor would be and perhaps a new mate.
From the little birds to the BIGGEST bird, the first ostriches of the trip.
What a great start to the last day. It looks like Kruger wasn't quite finished with spoiling us.... not yet!