Left Nelspruit at 16:00 with lots of traffic on N4-7 and only got to Malelane gate at 17:00. Herd of Ellie's in river bed at gate. Left gate at 17:10 and warned the family from Cape Town that it is a 15 min. drive to Berg & Dal and if we see anything it is a question of photograph and go. First sighting LIT 1km from gate. Not a good pose or photo!
On the S110 herd of Buffalo and got to camp 2 min before closing. Made a big bush TV for this lowvelder can’t handle the cold. Heard Scops and Hyena during the evening.
While loading the car Lions were making a big racket outside camp but didn’t find them. Left camp at 6:05, Ellie on loop to S110. Hyena, White Rhino and lots of Vultures on S110. On S120 Steilberg stopped for Kudu, when about to drive off, when this Leopard came and posed for me next to the side of the road.
Up to Afbrand (Afsaal) for breakfast. More White Rhino and lots of general game on the H3, H2-2, S114, S23, back to H3.
Found Secretary bird and Ground Hornbill on H3 and H1-1 to Skukuza.
We spent a good hour at Lake Panic Bird Hide and I struggled to get them out off there.
Lots of general game on the S1 and S65. Saw Black Rhino on H1-1 just before Klipspringer Koppies.
Bird count for the day was 76 with no new ones to tick off.
Left Malelane Gate at 17:30