7th Aug Balule to Balule
We headed out alone and travelled down south on the dust road S90, although we didnt see much I really enjoy this road as it has a very different feel to most roads. It has big open grasslands and you can see far away, as the S90 met the S41 we saw 4 male lions on the bank, all sitting around.
A small group of zebras temporarily blocked our view of the lions.
we travelled to satara and then drifted back up the S90, on the way we came across a tawny eagle that was eating a civet, I think, it looked as if it could be road kill due to the fact it was quite close to the road.
We arrived back in camp and we were all alone, my dad had gone out and our friends had not returned. We got out of the car and noticed a few
and then loads of vultures right next to camp. You could see them in the distance and like bombers they would swoop in.
every now and again the vultures in the trees would take off, do a loop and then return to the trees.
After at least 30 minutes it dawned on me why there might be lots of vultures
I was so intent on getting good flying pics my brain had turned off. So in the car we got and drove right out of the gate down to the closed bridge to oliphants and this was the scene.
There was a large hyena trying to rip off any parts of a Kudu carcass, we could only assume it was killed the night before...my SO's buffalos
...as im sure the hyenas would have been more interested in that than our curry.
We stayed for 30 minutes or so before needing a wee (we had forgotten in our excitement back in camp), as we got to the junction to turn for camp we saw susieb's car coming down the road. We stopped and waited for them, wound down the window..
"Have you seen the Kudu kill?" we asked.
"What Kill" said susieb and SO with a suprised look.
"Thats the correct answer.....and you are still our friends"
we then explained to them about the kill and we had wondered if they had turned right in the morning and seen it. We also blamed susieb for us not seeing it as her hut was not 50 metres from the kill.
We returned to camp after sharing the kill site, but with so much scrub about there wasnt much to see really. When my dad arrived back we discussed sightings and shared our lions with him to which he shared his 4 male lions walking down the road with only them there on the S89. Sometimes it pays to sleep in...but i could never do it.
That afternoon we spent the sunset with the hyena family. It was a great experience apart from the couple in a huge diesel hilux who didnt know how to turn their engine off
and nearly reversed over mum.
I have deliberately not posted any rhinos but somewhere we spotted this beauty..
That night we enjoyed thai noodles and braii meat....another great meal