I am n guide to Knp and do about 15 to 23 days of game drives to Kruger a month. Being in this situation i can try to update the forum members on a weekly basis off what's been happening where in the park. Most of my game drives is done south so most of the reports will be based on activity's south of Tshokwane. I will also try to give you guys some pics of what have been seen. Please comment on some of these sigthing's if any of you where there.
Just to recap of what was happening since January.
The beginning of January was still busy with holiday makers in the park meaning that quite n lot of traffic at certain sightings.
A lot of rain where recorded all over the park with made it quite difficult finding game. The most amazing thing was that there were lot of cheetah sightings reported. 7 cheetah
where spotted together on the Napi road(H1-1) between Transport dam and napi boulders.It seems to be a mother with 6 12 month old cubs. This was most amazing for most of the guides as as cheetah only gets between 2-3 cubs at a time( It took some believing from the guides that didn't seen them). There where also Cheetah seen at these places:
Mother with two cubs on the H3 and S112 mostly hanging around Kwaggaspan, single male patrolling the road down to transport dam, single male spotted almost every 3De morning just outside Skukuza towards Kruger gate, a female with 4 cubs on the Salitje road(s30) about between 8 to 12km from the H12( where seen about 12 times in the month), 2young males just outside Croc bridge normally early morning and again at around 5 in the afternoon, single male on the Randspruit(H5) for the first 5km's from the S114.
Lions where difficult to find with most of the sightings early morning before 9. Pride recently seen was at Nyamundwa dam on the doispane(S1) road(2 males 4female 5 sub adults) the sand river pride( 3 new males that have taken over the pride in the beginning of the month 4 female and 6 sub adults) The klipspringer koppies pride( consisting of 12 members) normally hanging around the H3 napi road junction and transport dam and as far as 6km on the S65, mating pare at the N'waswitshaka waterhole on the S65( Normally two males and 6 female in this area), pride of 8 in the S118 S119 S114 area, pride of 5 Berg en dal H3 junction, pride of 7 at the H5 H4-2 area( made a buffalo kill 1km north of the H5 On the H4-2 and 3 young males and 1 old female that are patrolling the S114 and S112 area( where only not seen twice the hole month). Leopard's where scares with sightins scattered all over the south. Ele's have moved a way from the river(H4-1 where over all very quite with only scattered leopard sightings reported along this road) and are mostly scattered to the west with the most seen around the H3 area. There were not lot of rare sightings around.... interesting was that lot of the guides were seeing scrub hare in the middle of the the day witch is a nocturnal animal. Birding on the other hand are excellent with all the migrants being back and most of the birds busy nesting.
February didn't chances much as lot of rain also recorded. there where fare less cheetah spotted but wild dog where seen on regular basis. A female lion of the klipspringer koppies pride where seen on n few occasions on here own spending lot of time at the rocky out crops by the H3 Napi road junction. Later in the month we realise that she as had cubs and are hiding them a among the rocks. 3 very small cubs where spotted with her at the end of the month. The cheetah with the 6 cubs where seen again but seem to spend lot of time on the S65. Eland where seen again at Shitlhave dam(on the Napi Road close to Pretoruiskop. the group where last seen in November 2005. Pretoruiskop are well known for its rare antelope sightings. Good chance to see Sable, Lichtenstein's hartebees,tessebe and common reed-buck in this area)
March sow record rain fall for the area with over 400mm recorded in certain area's in the park. Stransly the game viewing was good dew to all the rain as animal tend to go to the roads as it is dry than the veld. the marulas where also falling from the tree,s and lot of ele's were seen in area's with have lots of these trees. Tourist numbers where picking up as well De to public holiday;s in this month.
April the month with most guides don't love...... the end of the rainy season and grass chaching colour making it very difficult to spot any thing,start of the most busy season in the park coursing huge headache in the park at sightings.....poor lions caught a giraffe on Easter holidays in the middle of the road at the Berg en Dal H3 junction with coursed the biggest traffic jam of the year. The section ranger had to pull the carcass of the road just to make sure there where some sort of n traffic flow(all fairness it did not help much) Lion sightings where seen on the same places regally and the word spread at night time at camps with let to early morning speeding to these areas( very sad) It also seems that most of the migrants of birds have left.
May sow lot of the water in the veld area slowly drying up and most of the animals are returning to the river and waterholes. The Sabi river are starting to produce more game with ele's returning in large numbers. The middle of the month sow 5 young male lions killing a giraffe at olifantsdrinkgat waterhole. They spent 7 days at the carcass. The mother cheetah with here cubs have moved to the Doispane road and recalure sightings where seen on this road. The klipspringer koppies pride have moved and are seen more around transport dam than at the rocky out crops. The Mother with her cubs have also moved. A female leopard with two cubs have made a kill at the S65 and S1 junction last week. They spent 3 days at the carcass. She has also been seen regally in this area. The Sand river pride have moved to the Sabi river side and have been seen every day for the last 3 weeks. They spent most off there time a long the river and the gravel loops on the road to Lower Sabie from Skukuza in the first 7km's. The South down to Malelane is starting to quite down of game. This area is good summer time but difficult in winter. there are always at least good rhino and leopard sightings here
I have just taken a over all off what as been happening in the last couple of month's and will give a more set out report of sightings on n weekly basis. if you have any question's about certain animal movement please post it i will try to tell you what is going on. Please had on if you have any thing to had to my report. As stated most of the report will De based on the south but if i hear off any thing up north i will try to update you
I hope that some of you will find this info useful on your next trip to Kruger.
Can't wait to hear from you!!!
P.S. SORRY FOR THE SPELLING AND USE OF WORDS. I AM N BOERTJIE AND EVEN THE SPELL CHECK FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO FIND THE RIGHT WORD I WANT TO USE