Day 2 started early and we were all ready, set and go for the S100 ... Breakfast was packed .. gear was ready and all were in good spirits ... Quick greeting everyone at the gate while waiting for it to open ..
BTW .. Did I forget to mention the Giant-Eagle Owl we saw yesterday before gate close? So-solly-silly-me
Gate Open .. AND THEIR OFF! With the White Kombi taking the lead .. and as if there was no other road in the Park .. the cars turn left .. everyone on the S100 ... Hating traffic and such we waited for everyone to go and enjoy and leisurely drive ...
Satara was in a good mood that day and greeted us with this sunrise ..
After watching some baboons play and a Bushbuck going down for a drink we cam upon this group ... clearly some animals have their priorities wrong .. Or they found some Amarula that Gwen probably left on the S100 ...
There seemed to be 3 still going strong as they chased each other around and around and around the car ... The Impalas were not impressed with the antics of the Blue Wildebeest and just watched them with a look like "What are you thinking?"
After some more excellent viewing on the S100 (which included Little Bee-Eater, Steenbuck (which btw if you did not know, will bury it's dung or leave it's droppings between Impala dung to avoid attracting attention. They have life partners but will remain seperate to also avoid attracting attention), Zebra, Giraffe, warthog etc.
Arrived at N'wanetsi and enjoyed a delightful thing called a "Skottel Brekkie" .. hmmmm ... Skottel brekkie ...
Then off to Sweni Hide .. which now is probably my favourite hide ... Birds to many to say included Black Crake, Jacana, Grey Heron, Brown-hooded Kingfisher (at least I think that's the name) and many more .. crocs and hippos (with a baby hippo entertaining us trying to get on a mother's back.
Then it was back towards camp on the H6 .. and then next moment we found ourselves in a 50+ breeding herd of ellies .. And then the magic started ... expecting to be bullied away from them .. they were relaxed as a WTM drinking a Castle on his back porch can get .. and passed them within 3 meters .. Not once was there a head shake or anything .. Baby ellies were galore and we enjoyed their company for quite a while.
After that .. Hyaena came upon a Hyaena den .. and clearly the two were getting along .. one posing for the video cam and the other gladly taking video footage .. Which meant I was kicked away and could not take my photo
But after watching the video footage .. It was worth it ...
As we approached camp we found 2 Saddlebilled storks and little further on a Bateleur eating something when a youngster suddenly flew up and scared the living daylights out of the older one ..
Back in camp I again searched and searched and searched some more for the Scops and left for the bungalow like a DinkyBird who was told she would need to eat some steaks ..
We then left for the Sunset Drive and well .. As you will notice no photo's and that was not due to a lack of trying .. But will not go further into that .. Not even the African Wildcat we saw could lighten my spirit after that drive ..
Fortunately the braai that got going and then the symphony of lion roars helped brighten my mood that night and by bed time I was ready to move on to the next day's adventure.