Day 9 – 22 February 2012
Oh no! It is time to go home again! We have decided to leave Kruger at Malelane, so that we can have a nice, long drive from Satara before we exit. Is it possible that we could see just ONE cat before we leave?
After three, instead of the normal two cups of coffee, SO finally convinced me it is time to get up.
(In Kruger SO has to make the coffee in the morning, because I don’t know what I will find outside, and I am too scared to go out.) Wonderful! Lady at large …. Coffee in bed!
It was completely overcast. Our first sighting was Blue Wildebeest who spent the night close to the Satara Waterhole.
Something crossed the road in a flash of time, too fast for a picture. It could have been a serval, but too fast to identify.
On the H1.3, Guinea Fowl with a lot of chicks also crossed the road in such a hurry that no picture was possible. Why is everybody in such a hurry?
Much later in the morning we found these lovely guys.
Further on an elegant Giraffe,and later on five Waterbuck and two Ellies. It was too far for a picture.
Two Burchell’s Coucal surprised us in the road. The quality of the picture is not so good, is was very early and taken through the windscreen.
At Leeupan, this beauty, which I cannot identify. It could have been some kind of Cuckoo, but again, through the windscreen, and the light was not too good. It looks like an African Cuckoo.
It was time for coffee again, and we had these beauties as company. A beautiful Egyptian Goose.
and a few Impies.
On the H1.2, at the Orpen Boulders, our first Klipspringer on this trip, very far away.
WHAT!!! At Last!!! CATS …. Lions in the road! On our way out!!! Close to the Olifants Waterhole.
A troup of Baboons were chasing one another further on.
On the H1.3 this small tortoise was trying to get to the other side of the road.
Further on, Rhino. No picture.
Buffalo far away, picture taken from the Mhlambane River bridge, in the riverbed.
Our last sighting before we exit KNP, what else? A baby Vervet ….
There was many a day that I have struggled for hours to submit A day’s sightings (uploads from Photobucket rejected and lack of Internet linkage), to such a point that I wantedto end my report prematurely. It was, however, the Mites and Visitors’ participation that gave me the strength to follow through.
Therefore I want to personally thank everybody who visited and will still visit my trip reports in future, and especially for those Mites who responded with every submission in such a positive manner.
Yes, the final day has arrived to leave “Heaven” and joint the rat race again.
If one goes through all the sightings we had, especially the four nights at Satara, something most peculiar happened for the first time in years that we visited KNP during February. We did not see a single cat for those four nights. Was it the rain? Was it because we anticipated seeing the same sightings as in past visits?
This trip just showed us again how unpredictable KNP can be, and that is why we will always go back for more.