I went to KNP (or any game park for that matter) for the first time in 2009, so my first "woohoo" moment was probably the first Impala and Zebra we saw!
We came within about 2 m of 2 Rhino grazing happily on the side of the road and I was amazed at their sheer size!
I have since been back 3 times and each time I see something special, but I must say that my recent trip at the beginning of the month probably yielded some of my best "WooooooW" sightings.
We stayed at Tamboti and the weather was, to say the least, shocking, but early on the Wednesday morning, I opted to go out while the rest of the family slowly got out of bed and showered ( and no, that was not the wow sighting!!
) and I made my way along the H7 towards Satara. There was not much going on, so I headed back to camp and just as I got to the turnoff, I saw what I though was a BBJ. I was so excited to see as I approached that it was actually a pack of 13 wild dogs. This is one of the things on my wish list. They had evidently been chasing the BBJ that were there as well and the Hyena which was also in the area.
We then moved to Pkop for a couple of days, with my hubby, daughter and her boyfriend leaving on the Friday evening to fly home and back to the UK, leaving my older daughter and myself in the park until the Sunday. On the Saturday morning, we decided to go down towards LS as there was a lot of activity in that area and as we got the the crossroads near Skukuza, we spotted a couple of cars and the car in front of us did a U-turn and said "Lions", so we dutifully followed......there were 2 male lion visible, walking very slowly through the bush and as I glanced down the road, I spotted a couple of buffalo and realised that they were hunting. I moved past the cars watching the lions and pulled up next to the buffs. We didn't have to wait long when all h*ll broke loose and the buff came crashing through the bush just in front of the car, the 1 lion ran down next to the car and they cornered the 1 buff! As it tried to turn and run, it lost its footing on the tar and the 1 lion was on its back in a flash! Any rodeo rider would have been proud of the way the buff bucked and lion hung on for dear life! As much as I said that I NEVER wanted to see a lion kill, I couldn't move away.
Unfortunately the picture was taken through the windscreen, so is not very good, but it is still a photo!
There were actually 3 males, with 2 of them doing most of the work and it took them over 15 minutes to finally bring the buff down and kill it. There was none of the guts and gore that I expected, but I did feel really sorry for the buff.
On the same evening we saw a lion go for a calling cheetah where he managed to "ankle tap" it, but the cheetah got away and the following morning, the same calling cheetah had a run in with a leopard, but again managed to survive. He was almost teasing the leopard to come and chase him!
Not sure how we are going to top what we have seen so far, but we will hope for something more each time.