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Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:02 pm 
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After 3 nights off I have been asked to help with a sunset drive tonight. It is overcast at the moment, so with rain possible I may yet find myself with a 4th night off!

Camp is suddenly popular today.....last night there were 10 sites open here, now only 3! A number of folk only here for 1 night though - either on their way to another camp tomorrow or on their way home again.

Found out that bushbabies are occupying several holes in the big tree next to our outside kitchen/lapa area. One of the campers was taking video of them looking out during the day (just like Jack used to back at the house!). The red-billed hornbills nesting in the big jackalberry next to hut 2 have hatched their chicks, and mom and dad are kept very busy feeding them.

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Few bangs of thunder, no rain at all.

Sunset drive was good.....even had a black rhino (know I said I would not mention rhinos, but will not say any more than that!). One guest wanted a leopard - I gave her a leopard next to the road, and then stalking impalas, failing and doubling back towards us! We also had impalas and scrub hares, elephant, a pair of white-tailed mongooses, duiker, bushbuck, warthogs, hippo, baby croc, bushbaby, Wahlberg's eagle,nightjar, spotted eagle owl, giant eagle owl.....and a whole clan of hyenas sprawled across the road (already had one on its own earlier). Guests were very happy.......

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Did night drives for BnD the past 2 nights. Both nights fairly quiet, but enjoyed the hyenas on the road again. Also had civets, duikers, lots of giraffes on Friday night, impalas, scrub hares, spotted eagle owls and giant eagle owl, nightjars (lots about at the moment)......and Friday night I had to have a serious talk to the leopard near the old bush braai turning. It did not show up when I had the guests with me, but on my return trip calmly walked down the road towards me, across in front of the vehicle, marked its territory and continued down the road. Last night it hid completely!!!!!!

Going back to BnD tonight, but it is a sunset drive, so will at least finish a little earlier.

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Somewhere in the last reports I have missed out a little steenbokkie resting next to the road, a side-striped jackal near the BnD dump, a crazy spotted eagle-owl on Steilberg that hopped and ran in front of the vehicle on one of the steepest sections instead of flying off, and probably one or two other things too!

Tonight I had one large group, and the order was wild dogs and lions......no pressure then! I decided to head for Afsaal area in the hope of finding wild dogs, and then maybe lions on the return journey (and hopefully the hyenas too). We started with warthogs, impalas, and kudus.....and then just before the Matjulu bridge somebody waved me down to say wild dogs were on the Matjulu loop about 5km down......!

We found them asleep - and shortly after we arrived they began to wake up and yip and yelp together before beginning to jump around and then set off up the road. There were at least 15 of them.....difficult to count with all the movement around. Eventually we left to continue the trip, with very happy guests on board!

After that quiet.....giraffe, zebs, ellies, scrub hares.....no hippos tonight. Then about half way back to BnD on the tar road....a male lion walking towards us! It was the nervous one of the 4 pride males, so he did not stay around long, but as he went off into the grass he began to roar for us.

So happy guests! (They did talk about collecting taxi fare, but forgot to hand it over.....)

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Did another sunset drive last night....... impalas and scrub hares of course, plus warthogs, kudus, giraffes, duiker, ellies, dugha boys (twice), spotted eagle owl pair, hyenas - no cats unfortunately.

No call yet for today.....maybe a free evening????

Just done laundry and had some brunch. Tomorrow is back to the 'day job' in the office too.....

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Wednesday evening I did a night drive for Berg-en-Dal. We had zebs, wildebeest with tiny calf, impalas, scrub hares, lots of spotted eagle owls, buffalo herd, ellies, hippos, genets and glimpse of civet and black-backed jackal. I also found a tiny chameleon.

Last night it looked like a night off......then I got back to camp late-ish after a busy office day, and was greeted by our only guests.......folk who often come for a long stay. I was asked to come over and chat with them - given a boerie roll to munch as they were eating early ready for a sunset drive......and then got asked to join them to help with spotting! Texson was doing the drive, and happy for me to join, so I ended up sitting at the back and enjoying myself!

We had a good big 5 drive too! Our leopard was near the S114/H2-2 junction, and right next to the road. He was lying down and licking at his left front leg.....which we later saw was injured probably from a fight. At the other end of the same road we found 6 lions lying on the road! Also had a huge chameleon - one of the largest I have ever seen, and a number of spotted eagle owls again. Other sightings included a black-backed jackal, genet, civet investigating rhino dung on the road, duiker, buff herd in the Croc river bed, brown snake eagle, Wahlberg's eagle.

This evening will be a sunset drive from the gate again.

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OK - all change.......as of 30mins ago nothing booked at the gate, so Raymond has nabbed me to do a night drive at BnD instead!

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Heard about those 2 and looked for them tonight, but no luck!

The night drive gave us zebs, maribou storks, impalas, warthogs, ellies, wildebeest and baby - and that within the first km! More ellies, impalas, zebs, plus scrub hares, spotted eagle owls, chameleons, juvenile boomslang, duikers, hippos, crocs, white-tailed mongoose, black-backed jackal, and ?mozambique spitting cobra (moved too fast to be sure).

Now on my way to dreamland after a quick snack.....

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We had a wedding party in camp over the weekend......the bride chose to walk down the aisle to beating drums! They had a spit braai reception. Next weekend is another wedding, but as I am at Lower Sabie for a week I will miss it.

I packed the car after church on Sunday and then drove over to Lower Sabie - via N4 sadly as I needed to stop for post in Komatipoort (last stopped there mid-December, so it was necessary!). After entering at CB I had good sightings of impala, wildebeest, zebs, giraffe, warthogs, ellies, buffs.....

Got to LS in time to unload, sort out most of my things and then do the night drive.

Had big 4 drive (no leopard) - 2 lionesses stalking impalas, ellie in the road giving us a few anxious moments but OK. Also 4 porcupines (a pair together, and 2 further separate sightings), civet, genets (both large and small-spotted), lots of hippos, scrub hares, warthogs, giraffes, zebs, 2 young pythons too.

Very short night and then up early for the morning walk......we got close to ellie and rhino. Few spots of rain at one point but nothing much.

I then tried to go to bed and catch up on sleep, but it did not really work, so eventually gave up, had something to eat and drink and then went to Komatipoort to collect a parcel (the slip had gone into my box on 14th Dec, and already had a reminder, so I realised I had better get there to collect it soon!).

On the way down I had impalas, giraffe, zebs, wildebeest, ellies, warthogs, and at one stage a leopard crouched over a freshly killed impala in the middle of the road. As I grabbed the camera he stood up and dragged the kill into the grass at the side of the road and off into the bushes. I got a few photos, but not the best. Nobody else came along the whole time....and he was out of sight when I left!!!!

On the way back the sky looked heavy with rain and shortly before LS the clouds burst and the rain came down in torrents. I could scarcely see the front of the car never mind the road in front of me! Fortunately it did not last too long.

No activity for me tonight, but morning walk again tomorrow.

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Hello from a very very wet Lower Sabie! Rain began yesterday evening and has continued ever since - heavy at times, but brief dry spells. Activities rained off, so I am redundant at the moment! Thought I would try to post some photos as long as connection allows.....

First a moth I took a pic of last time I was here, but have not been able to identify - anyone with any ideas?
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Beautiful clouds one afternoon as I was leaving the office
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Warthogs happily eating
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Huge leopard orchid near the Biyamiti weir
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Leopard on the road - it had been rolling in buffalo dung!
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Hungry giraffes feeding mainly on white berry bushes - a large group of males
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"I am just a big pussy cat!"
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Leopard stalking impalas
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Hyenas on the road near Timfenene turning
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Quick glimpse of the badly behaved leopard near Berg-en-Dal which only comes out when I am on the way home after dropping guests!
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The wild dogs we found near Berg-en-Dal
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How many can you count?
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Loved this trick photo - the Swainson's spurfowl was on a branch behind the zeb, but appears to be riding it instead!
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A late-born impala lamb - it still had the cord showing, and was rather wobbly on its legs, and obviously very much smaller than the other lambs
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Comb ducks on the pan near Gardenia hide
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The leopard on the H2-2 which had the injured leg
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And one of the lions at the other end of the road
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A spotted-eagle owl which remembered all we taught it in training classes about posing! (The same evening we had one which completely missed its footing as it tried to land in a tree near us - so funny!)
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Another as yet unidentified beastie - this time on the Malelane bridge
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