First some replies.
KDU, the photos from earlier trips were destroyed in a fire in my Dad's house a few years ago, but they were all taken with vastly inferior cameras than are around today. I have posted a few stories from the early years under Campfire Tales thread, and will continue to do so.
We have always seen our good sightings in the first 2 hours of the day, and I wanted to get to Orpen to give us the best chance of that. Also, staying at Marloth, we could only go out and back, instead of a longer one way trip, so we entered at Orpen, along which road I have previously seen the big 5, cheetah and wild dog. It's a good road.
Salva, you will have to eat the main course before we get to the ice cream
We cleared the gate procedure at Orpen by 6h07 and followed the H7 to Satara, then the S100 (WTM and all the other unbelievers will be thrilled to know that we did not see lions on that road,
but they were around the corner on the S41
). From Nwanetzi, we drove back along the H6 to the H1-3 to Tshokwane, had a look at Orpen dam, and then took the H10 to Lower Sabie. Then we drove the S82, joining the h4-2 to Croc Bridge and out of the park.
It was a good day for general game especially plains game like giraffe, zebra and gnu. Excluding impala, we had 78 sightings of 17 species, and 49 bird ids. The further south we travelled the more the veld was burnt and the less we saw.
Malachite kingfisher & greenbacked heron together at Msemani dam
1 adult and 4 baby giraffes outside Satara
Little bee-eater hunting on Nwanetzi river loopie
Huge bull with big tusks on H6
Lappet faced vulture drinking from Sonop wh
Blue cheeked bee-eaters in car park at Lower Sabie.
Chameleon dragging its run over back legs off the H6
Solitary Zebra sighting from Nkumbe lookout and squat else. This must be a 100sq km view, and as I raised in another thread, I think Kruger is underpopulated compared to other Africa game reserves.
GATVOL (fed up) MOMENT
Some poepol raced between be and the LBJ I was trying to photograph
We saw about 40% of our total game sightings in this first day, the quantity decreases but the quality goes ballistic!
Look out for the next episode.......