As it is our accustom when in Skukuza, Lake Panic gets visited first on our early afternoon drive and then again just before gate closing. It continues to be relatively quiet sightings wise, but managed to get a few pics of the locals i.e. Jacana, grey heron, pied kingfishers and dragonflies. (Jan, if you are reading this – in my mind’s eye I pictured you sitting in the corner of the hide for maximum lake coverage – and a thought came up “maybe I must put a sign up saying – “Corner Reserved for Jan van Wyk”, knowing that you were on your way to LP following your trip to Kgalagadi and will entertain us with your magnificent photos).
After a while, we left Lake Panic and took the H11 towards Kruger Gate and came across a few cars looking at something in the long grass. As we drove closer, we spotted the wild dogs, but at first the visibility was poor. Later some got up and came closer to the road. I guess it was the Skukuza pack, but could only see a few of them.
Whilst observing them, my wife complained that her camera struggled to focus, then we realized that there is something in the way… which was this spiderweb with Mr G Orb playing a waiting game, whilst at the same time disturbing the focus on the wild dogs. But…it turned out to be a bonus as could be seen…
Next to us was a Toyota and the lady and gentleman have noticed our orange ribbon (KNP sightings bbm group) and we started talking. They were actually Nadav Ossendrywer’s parents on their way to pick up Nadav from Skukuza where he attended a seminar/course/training. What coincidence this was – just shows that there is benefit in identifying yourself via the ribbons.
We took the road towards Steven Hamilton where we saw this kudu with skin pigmentation which was a unique sighting in a way.
Then close to Renosterkoppiesdam (S114) we encountered our first lion sighting. Although not a clear shot, but the fact remains - a lion sighting is a lion sighting, especially if it is the first one on the trip.
Being bird lovers, this black collared babbler entertained us with calls in true babbler fashion.
Just before gate closing, it was time to pay another visit to Lake Panic to see if the hippos have come closer to the hide and was once again rewarded by a spylike stare and this yawn…
At this fitting note, it was time to head back to camp for something to eat and a good night’s rest.
Day 3 proved to be equally exiting as we were making our way to Biyamiti, but first we enjoyed a magnificent early morning sighting of the Skukuza pack – all 16 of them…up close and personal
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