Wednesday the 14th of November I had another Morning Drive, but this time we were focusing on Birds. We saw the Ground Hornbills at Shikumbu, saw of course some Giraffes, Zebras, Elephant, Buffaloes, Impalas, Baboons as well.
Thursday morning on the walk we had a stunning sighting of 6 Elephant Bulls behind Masorini, and they pushed each other around and hitting tusks and with the wind in our favour they didn't know we were there!!!
That night we had 35 people going on Night Drive and Bush Braai and again the Lions were around the Bush Braai!!!!
Friday the 16th we walked from Ngwenyeni waterhole and found a Giraffe Carcass where the Lions were before and all the Vultures feeding on the left overs. On our way back after breakfast we found lots of Zebras and Impalas and Pearl Spotted Owl that caught something in the grass.
The Night Drive on the 16th was full of great sightings and was spread throughout the drive with no quiet moment!!! We found Zebras, Impalas, Herd of Buffaloes, herds of Elephants, and my 1st Impala baby for the season!!! On the way back to the gate after having Sundowners we found a White Rhino with her calf, more Elephants, Steenbok, more Zebras, Spotted Eagle Owl etc.
Saturday morning on the drive, we were again lucky!!! From all the general game, Buffaloes, Elephants and the 2 male Lions on the Mopanie Road, and ended with Giraffe at the gate. That afternoon we got a report of 2 Leopards on the tar road 6 km's from the gate, so we went out and found the 1 Female Leopard and went passed the Lions still sleeping in the same spot as the morning. So guys and ladies- around Phalaborwa Gate, there are lots and lots of animals!!!!!!
The 18th of November I did the Night Drive and going around Sable Dam, looking for the Lions which people saw them there, we missed them and went up to Masorini, took the Shikumbu road and back on the tar road, we found all the general stuff, but this time no cats.
We had 2 Walking groups on the 19th and David and I walked next to the Tshutshi and had a stunning sighting of a Herd of Buffaloes and on the way back to the vehicle lots of Impalas and a Warthog.
Thursday morning on the 3 hour drive that became a 4 and half hour drive- and to mention one way up the tar road and same road back, we 4 of the Big 5!!
We started with Elephants close to the gate, Giraffes, and Buffalo Bulls close to Shikumbu, and pass Nandzana waterhole some more Elephants and Spotted Hyeana in the road. I had a report that morning, that the found Lions on this piece of road, so with me and 3 American Guests looking out very carefully for the Lions we only could see and hear the Baboons going mad, calling, calling and calling. We had coffee and rusks and on the way back where we saw the Hyeana and Baboons we spotted a Lionness lying in the distance next to a Apple Leaf Tree. A young male came to join her and after a while we left them. Just pass Nandzana, still amazed how we spotted the Lionness, here the 1 guest spotted a Leopard in a Apple Leaf tree, and not long after we watched it, she jumped down from the tree!!! 4 of the Big 5!! Somehow we couldn't even see 1 Zebra!!!!
That night on the Bush Braai drive we only found Zebras!!! hahahaha, and of course lots of Elephants, Buffalo Bulls, Warthog, Common Duiker, Genet, and after the dinner with only hearing Lions roaring far in the distance, we found a Giraffe on the way to the gate.
Yesterday morning 23rd November we found the 4 Lions before Ngobeni where we walked from, and eventually we left them, drove on, parked the vehicle, do the pre-briefing and started walking and whoola there we found on foot the 4 Lions making their way down to the water to drink after eating themselves full!!!
They saw us, and ran away very quickly!!! Further on the 11 km's walk we found Elephant, Buffalo Bulls and Zebras.
Ai and to end this report in style, hahaha, this morning on the walk we had awesome sightings, but also very very scary!! Do you guys know how it feels getting chased by 4 White Rhino's???
We started walking and eventually far in the distance spotted a Elephant Bull, and of course being on foot, we could walk there, so we did. Eventually had a stunning sighting and with more Elephant Trumpheting noise, not long after we left the Elephant Bull we found a herd of Buffaloes. It was then time for breakfast and while looking for a nice view and place to sit and enjoy breakfast we saw a huge herd of Elephants running away from us- smelled us and lots of more elephants down in the valley, so guess where we had breakfast, sitting on a termite mount viewing the Elephants. After eating we went closer to view them and we sat on a big high Termite Mount watching a part of the herd standing between the Mopanie Trees sleeping, and flapping their ears.
After a while we left them and walked back along the stream, where we had lots of buffalo tracks on the animal path we walked on, and suddenly, thanks to our Heavenly Father, a Redbilled Oxpecker made a quick noise, and if you know walking in the bush, that is one thing you always listen out for in the bush, and there behind a Lala Palm, and between some Mopane trees I saw a flicking of a ear. Rhino's!!!! We quickly walked around and as we walked along another animal path to view them with the wind in our favour, here the 1 Rhino came walking down the path, so we quickly reversed and crossed the stream, but so did they!!!! Luckily at this moment of time, we had a Termite Mount in our favour and the 1 White Rhino came walking through, with her young Calf, another Adult and then the 4th one, came walking straight through the stream towards us, and after say hey, hey, hey, hey, he luckily changed a bit direction. So we of course wanted to view them better and wanted to get to that big Termite Mount over
there, the Rhino's decided to run straight into our direction!!!! Luckily the rock throw stopped them for a while and gave us a chance to ran to safer ground!!!! What an unbelievable day of sightings and experiences were it!!! And not only this morning, but this last weeks!!!!