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The next morning we were all up before our alarm had a chance to off! So we made a quick cup of coffee and went to wait by the gate. Despite it being 5 45 we were already a few cars behind the first
In the car we decided to take the H1-2 to the H12 via the Marula loop and then take the H4-1 to Lower Sabie (we had heard there were good sightings on this road yesterday) and then head back to camp.
So with our route planned we drove out of the gate with ours eyes peeled for any animals. At one of the bridges on the H1-2 (can't remember which one
) we saw this hippo standing in the water.
Then a spectacular sunrise followed
We carried on over the bridge to the H4-1 and all seemed quite... then on the road ahead we saw 3 huge animals on the side of the road. They were so big one of my friends dismissed it as buffalo, but as we drove closer we saw it was a group of male lions
(Sorry about the quality but they were so close we had all our windows shut!)
Then right next to our car they all started roaring
A 1st for me!
After about 5 minutes they walked off into the bush. After that the road to LS was relatively quite but we did see this lone buff
And a few regulars at sunset dam
After a short break at LS we headed back to camp but almost immediately met found this traffic jam, which could only mean one thing- another cat!!
It wasn't a great view and we were told we had just missed them killing an impala
But they also said that a few hundred meters back there were a few cubs so we got ready to turn around when suddenly a huge female lion with a collar a ran into view with a piece of impala in her mouth and then a male came chasing behind her
It happened so quickly we didn't even have a chance for pictures! We then waited to see if they'd come out again. But it wasn't to be so we headed to the cubs
It wasn't a very clear view here either so we sat for a few minutes and then decided to head back to camp.
On the way back we saw a few more animals
Including a breeding herd of elephants and there was one particular calf who wasn't very happy for some reason and started trumpeting and waving its ears at us! We could see it was trying to scare us but we couldn't help laughing at the the little guy
Back at camp we booked a night drive for later and went to the tent for some brunch and a bit of sleep.