Here at Phalaborwa Gate we only work with guests from outside the Park and offer the Game Drives, Walks and Bush Braais.
The evening Drives are what they call the Night Drive, which is actually like the Sunset Drives in the other camps from 17:00-20:00 or 16:30-19:30 (depends on the season).
I started off on Wednesday night with a Night Drive and took the S131 Gravel road to Ngwenyeni waterhole and to see all the Mopane Trees it felt like I am home again!!!
Surprisingly our first animal wasn't Impala, but a Serval!!! He disappeared quickly between the grass and not far from there we got 3 Giraffes. They enjoyed the green leaves of a Knobt Thorn tree and had a lovely Sunset just before the Ngwenyeni waterhole.
We found 2 Elephant Bulls testing each others strength at the waterhole and eventually walked down the road. We proceeded the drive to the H14 tar road and turned left to Nandzana waterhole and found some Zebras crossing the road, but with a very small foal, aahhh too cute!!! At Nandzana waterhole we got 2 Verraux's Eagle Owls and had our Sundowner there and showed the 4 guests the stars.
On our way back on the H14 and H9 tar roads we spotted a Buffalo, 2 Chameleons, Puffadder, a few Steenbokkies and a Genet. Not too bad for the first drive around here!!!!
Last night I decided to stay on the H9, main tar road to Letaba and turned onto a No Entry that comes out behind Sable Dam and found a nice big herd of Elephants and at Sable Dam a Bull in musth that charged us a little bit.
Further along the road we got Double Banded Sandgrouse and Impalas. While watching the Impalas 2 Pearl Spotted Owls started calling and managed to call the 1 in and had a nice view of him.
Our Sundowner we had on the Sable Dam gravel road (S51) and went up to Masorini. While being there we heard some Black Backed Jackals calling from the waterhole and on our way back on the H9 we found 1 Jackal, some Spotted Eagle Owls, a African Wild Cat and a Sharpe's Grysbok and another few Elephant Bulls. Sjoe the roads are full of Bronze Winged Coursers and now and then some Thickknees
I am glad that my perception was wrong, and we do not only find Mopane Trees on the drives.
Wishing you a lovely day and weekend