This is the last part of my report.
Camping at Balule, certainly has a lot going for it, it is small, probably quiet outside school holidays and of course close to some excellent areas around the Oliphants and Letaba Rivers. Hyenas visited the area every night looking for scraps and the staff are very friendly and well organized. Put it on your list of places to stay. ( Just leave me a spot every now and then!)
We came across a few good sightings special to this time of year –Impalas rams having a very serious fight for example, but the rivers were the most productive despite the huge amounts of available water everywhere. Visibility elsewhere is often not good.
My eldest son has a major fascination with reptiles and we had a good look at a few of these guys, especially this Water Monitor. Click on the pic to see just how long their tongue is!
The Hyenas have a den about 1 km south of the gate and we witnessed them playing and interacting including some very rough play at times between a sub adult and a small pup. At times I seriously thought the pup was in danger but none of the others seemed too concerned and it didn’t yelp out loud or call for help. By this time it was too late for any good light ,so excuse the pics.
Squeezing back into camp just before 6, I grabbed this one of a White Backed Vulture shaking out its down duvet before settling in for the night.