Thanks to all!
Right lets get on with the real deal!
Today we decided to get to the gate early and see what the park would show us, so it was and found us sitting outside the closed gates of Croc Bridge at 5.45am, first car in line and we did look very keen!
Gradually the sun started peeping up lighting the scene.LargeLarge
I must say its really lovely being in the park nice and early, everything is so fresh smelling and rejuvenated.
A tree full of Marabou StorksLargeTawny EagleLarge
Hello Early Birds! says this Steenbok Large
Rhino silhouetted in the early morning light.Large
and a bit brighter!LargeEllies
in similar light!Large
and brighter! Large
Pretty little BushbuckLarge
On the H4-2
the resident Fish Eagle
is in his usual place on his favourite tree.Large
We stopped off at Sunset Dam
for a mug of Hot Chocolate and some biscuits and as per usual are well entertained.
A different view of the dam!LargeGrey Heron
surveying its territory, wondering which hippos to use for surfing!Large
Little Three-banded PloverLarge
These what I think are either Fulvous Ducks or Juv White-faced
were very relaxed and having a little nap.Large LargeLarge
A lone GiraffeLarge
This Greater Blue-eared Starling
posed quite beautifully but in actual fact was really begging shamelessly! Large
After leaving the dam, and carrying on up the H4-1
we decided to take the S79 N'watimhiri Causeway
to see what it would produce.
but apart from this old Buff
making his way wearily across the road, a Bushbuck and some Helmet shrikes we didn't see much else.Large
As we crossed the green bridge we saw that they were busy with repairs, a big job for sure.
I noted that we saw a sleeping Hyena and a male Nyala but both could not have been good photo opportunities!
After a stop off at Tshokwane which at that stage was still not open for business but thankfully the toilets were all once again spic and span with hardly a sign of the devastation of a few months before.
We took the S35 Loop to Orpen Dam
which was firmly closed for our Feb/Mar. and now also all fixed up so lots of hard work have been done, thanks to SANParks!
We saw Warthogs, Zebs
Wildebeest and more GiraffeLarge
The temp had risen to a balmy 29C, winter in Kruger!
produced this EllieLarge
quite unusual to see at this time of year.Large
and this stunning view, not from Nkumbe but the other side.Large
I liked this typical Kruger scene when coming down the H10. Large
We saw this group of Rhino, one of which had a huge horn!LargeLarge
and we had stopped some way off to view them when suddenly right next to us the long grass parted and out stepped..Large
we could hardly believe our eyes or luck to be in such a perfect spot.
and to add to it he then started roaring! LargeLarge
crossed the road, calling all the time,carefully by-passed the Rhino only to plonk himself down in the long grass, not to be seen again.LargeLargeLarge
At the end of the Lower Sabie bridge a troop of Baboons
were playing around on the rocks and sliding down the bank having a wonderful time but this Mom and baby were a little more subdued and having some quiet time.LargeLarge
Back on the homeward stretch of the H4-2Common Duiker
who thought the day had been long enough!Large
a majestic KuduLarge
and a Magpie ShrikeLarge
and the end of a successful and most enjoyable day.
More to come! So stick around.