27 March 2006
Skukuza to Lower Sabie to Duke’s windmill to Crocodile Bridge and back (H1-2, H4-1, S28 and S137). Afternoon to Renosterkoppies dam and back (H1-1), S114, S112 & H3)
Notes About Road:
Tar Roads Excellent, S28 has a lot of stones, so much that parts of the road is only covered with loose stones and pebbles. Also corrugated at a few places. But this road had a lot of game on it.
Savannah, bush and rocky hills.
34,5 degrees celcius.
Brief encounter with a Leopard on the H4-1 (stuggled to get focus on him to take picture and he was gone), 3x Large Troops of baboons (they were very funny) … one tried to catch a ride, but after asking him the taxi fare he decided to walk
… Fish Eagle, Giant Eagle Owl (How Hyaena saw that I have no idea!!
) … Hippo, Slender mongoose, Elephant, kudu, crocodile, warthog, giraffe, zebra, white rhino x6 , wildebeest, buffalo, impala, hyaena, water mongoose, very small terrapine, large snail .. think it’s called an African Snail.
Also saw a ellie battle and then the one ran his “arse” off after he saw he was going to get a whooping!
And also another big spider … !!!!
Had another beautifull sunrise:
Afternoon drive got us another naughty ellephant. I scolded at him … begged him .. gave him the “eye” .. promised him amarula, but he refused to budge, then he started chasing cars … NOT FUNNY!! .. He was clearly in musth and very irretated. So we switched engine off and waited. Lady infront thought he is slow. So she floored it passed him. With cm’s to spare she made it. I thought on the other hand, bigger vehicle, already now alert ellie … Nah .. took out a beer and waited. Finally after 25 minutes we could get pass him. Had to rush (read 40km/h) to make the gate. Thought to myself how anyone could see anything at this speed. 1km from gate with 3 minutes to spare, found another Hyaena (this time in the day … I think you call that “Murphy’s Law”) …made the gate with 1 minute to spare.
Also had a crazy wildebeest at Renosterkoppies Dam. He just started springting like he was under attack from a lion. The impala’s just checked him out and tuned him “What’z up dude!?!”
Went to Selati that night with KNP Spokesman and SO, was truly excellent. … Huge electrical storm, then had power failure in camp … boy .. is it dark in the KNP at night!