Here's the WD pic
Left B&D at @ 08:00. Stopped at Afsaal for breakfast. The latest at
Afsaal are people leaving pieces of pancake on the dirt bins and all
over......the beas.... you can hardly take a bite without getting a bea
in your mouth. Especially when you have pancakes yourself.
Ahyhow - saw the lone Rhino again
and was that
an experience in it self. This guy decided to "let
off some steam". It was so loud it felt as if the car was vibrating and
it just went on and on and on
. Also saw warthog, kudu &
giraffe, and Klipspringer at Makhutlwanini (meaning "at the frogs"),
Helmeted guinea fowl, yellowbilled hornbill - both sexes- and the grey
hornbill. Lots of Burchells Coucal. (Has anybody noticed that they were
all over.....been wondering why?)
Somebodyelse has written on the forum about these creapers taking over
the shrubs and small trees. It was now dry and it looked like those
scary movies with all the spider webs. We called it "ghost town."
We stopped at Kwaggaspan, hoping to see the Cheetah Mom with her two
cubs. Sat there for quite a while and eventually heard the babies, but
never got to see them.
Booked in at Skukuza at relaxed for a while after unpacking. Went for an
afternoon drive to try and find the Lioness and her cubs just beyond the
junction of the H3 and H1-1. There were already a few cars when we got
there, but we could see the cubs playing on the rocks. There were
actually 2 lionesses with 2 and 3 cubs. O dear LOTS of pics for the
gallery of shame!
Then 3 campers arrived. Pulled up right in the middle of the road next
to us, spoiling our view. The one would move forward after some time and
the other one would move up.
The one lioness then decided to take the kids for a walk and all hell
broke loose. Cars were trying to turn around, reverse etc. The one
camper just started reversing so much so that I had to blow my hooter!
Something I will never dream of doing in a park! He stopped about a cm
from our car.
This was the only glimpse we got of the lions.
as these 3 cars decided to drive side by side chasing the lions down the
road. Eventually 2 of the cubs got completly sperated from there Mom. We
stayed with the cubs to try and protect them from other cars.
This little one would stroll off in his Mom's direction
and this one will call him back.
Here you can see them calling for there Mom
Eventually they disapeared into the bush and we were wondering whether
they were OK?
We left and went to Renosterkoppies dam where 2 impi rams were having a
"head to head".
Had a braai the evening, took our chairs and sat at the river. It was
full moon and we could see the shiny wet backs of the hippo. It was
beautiful! The Bushbabies were also enjoying themselves.
But, o dear. It was Saturday night in Skukuza!. Our next door neighbours
and 3 other couples were having a birthday party. Singing, shouting and
talking as loud as they could! The one guy later received a phone call
and as he was chatting, walked towards us. SO then said, just loud
enough for him to hear: "I don't know why people come to the park to
have a party, but if it doesn't stop, I'm going to phone the Camp
Manager." We could hear him whispering something to the others when he
returned and it was quiet after that.
The Sunday morning we met a Malasian Couple who stayed behind us. It was
their first visit to Africa. As he explained they just had to come and
see for themselves what Africa & Kruger was all about as the only thing
he knew about Africa was the Tarzan movie he saw as a child.
We stopped at the garage to fill up and the lady attendant wanted to
know whether we just got married.
. We said no. She then asked
whether we've been to a wedding? No, but why? and she pointed at the
Went to Pretoriuskop & saw Giraffe, Red Duiker, Warthog, Kudu & Buff.
Had breakfast at PK and stopped at Shitlhave dam. Saw Egyptian Geese.
Grass very high. Went to Transportdam & saw Fish Eagle & Waterbuck, this
and a Great White Egret which became a pelican from the car next door.
We did the H4-1 up to the bridge in the afternoon. Saw Steenbuck, a
Bushbuck ram & ewe with a tiny baby, a glimpse of a lioness and Ellies.
It was yet another beautifull evening and the night sounds were wonderfull.
Monday morning we drove up to Tshokwane for breakfast. Saw Grey Duiker,
Steenbok, Njalas (this is the ram)
and an ellie and a glimpse of lion at Leeupan.
While we were sitting there, this woman decided to come and park right
in front of us. When we draw her attention to this, she just shouted
back:"There lots of other parking were you can go and park". (What's
with us humans?)
The guy next to her kept on telling her: You stay right where you are!
We left for Tshokwane to have brunch. Went to the loo first where a guy,
after he had washed his hands, decided that the tap was now to dirty to
close, left it running and walked out!
While we were eating we saw some people gathering in front of our car.
Went to have a look and was told that a Boomslang was there for a while.
Went back to Silolweni dam & saw Crocks, Hippos, Hamerkop and Egyptian
On the afternoon drive we did the "circle route" H4-1, H12 & H1-2 back
to Skukuza. Saw the bushbuck ewe & baby again (still no pic
Goliath Heron on the bridge, Lions,
and a Purple Crested Lourie.....what a beautiful bird on the H1-2.
As Tuesday was our last day at Skukuza we decided to drive our favourite
road in the south. The S3. Saw impies, Bushbuck and a big herd of Buffs.
A jeep jockey from Funky Safaris had to spoil it for us, passing us from
the back and chased all the buffs off the road. Stopped at Nyamundwa
dam and saw Woolynecked Stork.
SO decided to have a rest and I drove off to Manzimhlope, our favourite
spot for Sable. It's so overgrown I hardly recognized the place. Drove
to Jones's dam and saw some waterbuck puffing. Apparently missed a
leopard by a few seconds. (According to another car).
On the tar road I saw another car approaching from the front and
something walking in front. iI stopped and it was another LOG.
Dissapeared into the bush before I could take a pic.
On the way back, saw this Martial Eagle with his catch. A monitor.
Picked up SO at about 3.30 and did the circle route again. Saw the
bushbuck baby for the 3rd time, but as I wanted to take my pic a lorrie
drove up and .....bye-bye photo.
Saw some lion in the riverbed and decide to wait whether they were going
to come up to the road. As we were scanning the riverbed, SO saw the
male approaching the road. I drove off as there were now a lot of cars,
made a u-turn some distance away and waited for him. Saw 2 males and a
Spent our last night at Skukuza.
(I'm now going to submit this first before I loose it again