This trip report is (yet again) anecdotal as I stayed one night in Kruger (for the cricket) and then travelled in and out of the park over the period of a week. We arrived on the Wednesday before the cricket, travelling through the Phabeni and out the Kruger gate. All the usual suspects were present i.e. impala, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe. One could see it had not rained for a few weeks as it had been far greener in December.
Two kites chased an eagle which I have not identified as yet. The eagle twisted and turned in the air as the 2 gave chase, all the while emitting the most beautiful, haunting calls.
On the Sunday after the cricket, we headed up to Lower Sabie from Skukuza. The day started out grey and drizzly, but by the time we returned from Lower Sabie it was well and truly pelting down! The weather seemed to attract birds as we spotted Southern Carmine Bee-eaters all over the show. From never having spotted them in Kruger before, this was quite a treat. In fact when ever we (as in my sister and myself, my mom is not that much of a twitcher) said “bee-eater” my mom jokingly would add, “must be a carmine, that’s the only bee-eaters in the park.”
We also came a cross 2 White-crowned lapwings, along with 2 Blacksmith lapwing and a Three-banded plover, all gathered around a puddle formed by the drenching rain.
The poor impala were by now thoroughly soggy and I couldn’t help feeling sorry for them even though they were putting up a brave front
All the other animals had taken refuge.
A Hadeda stood alongside the road, its colours all the brighter in the grey light.