After our trip via the Mahonie loop, we rested a bit. Here is a pic or two how it looked inside: FU6 family cottage with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The one bedroom and bathroom is upstairs and the other two downstairs.
After our siesta, it was time for another drive via the S99, Mahonie loop, but this time anti-clockwise. With all the general game spotted already, we came across a herd of elephants and that meant - keep your distance and give them their space which we did. We had a resolution for our trip and that was we do not want to impose our presence on any elephant forcing them to be uncomfortable, hence chasing us and so far so good. One of last the last ones to move into the bush were this ellie mother and little one.
We approached an elevated section and then heard a load commotion and racket. There they were - a great number of babboons in the road with this big guy seemed to be very concerned - wonder why...the answer...
(I guess you would too)
On the other side of the hill under a tree, the 'king' was enjoying a meal, not an everyday meal, but one of the babboon family members he had just caught, hence the commotion. It was quite an emotional sightings hearing how the babboons were going on. Just come to think of it...rather not...let stop here - this is the reality of life in Kruger.
As we travelled around the circle loop and close to the Malukwale dam, there is a short cul du sac which goes around a dead leadwood tree. When we left Shingwedzi that morning, we saw a car coming from behind with the two ladies trying to get our attention. I stopped and then we got to meet a very friendly Vlakvarkvrou. They have noticed our YR and turned around to meet us. They told us that they were coming from Punda Maria and saw a hornbill feeding its chics that were in the trunk of this tree. We tried to spot them, but the tree was too close to the road that it made it quite difficult. Nevertheless, it was great to have met Vlakvarkvrou.
We had spotted a few birds of prey such as this fish eagle.
Close to the intersection with H1-3 we saw these vultures in a tree, but could no see what activity is under it, as it was too far into the bush.
The evening I went down to the camping area and at the bird hide, a herd of elephant came to drink at the waterhole. After all the people had left, I stayed behind and enjoyed a bit of night life at the hide. I was rewarded with a herd of buffalo coming down to drink. The impalas, grysbok, steenbok, they were all very nervous as they tried to come down as well. Here are a few Buff-pics at night...
That was the excitement we had enjoyed the afternoon. The next day, we were off to Crooke's Corner and say hello to friendly 'Frank' at Pafuri. But before we got there, the advice received from johanrebel about Klopperfontein drift had paid off and be shared next...