Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
So from the 22nd of May the activities were quiet, but gave us some time to work on all the World Cup Activity arrangements which is starting on Wednesday.
I did go and do the Olifants Wilderness Trail and what an experience!!!
We left 15:00 from Letaba Rest Camp and drove to the Wilderness Trail Camp, which is situated a few kilometres down stream from Olifants Rest Camp on the Olifants River.
The 1st morning on our way to the walking area we found Buffaloes, Elephants, White Rhino's and on the walk we heard Lions fighting and roaring but couldn't find a single track of them. We found lots of general game, Ground Hornbills, Lappet Faced Vulture and in the afternoon took the guests to the Letaba River and Olifants River Confluence.
The next day we went and walk in the Bangu Valley and it is such a stunning area!!! On the way back after the walk we found some Blue Wildebeest with a Black Rhino and calf. That afternoon we took the guests to the Potholes below the camp and enjoyed the sundowners there.
On the 1st of June 2010 I had a Night Drive and we saw a Spotted Hyeana, African Civet Cat, and 2 Side Striped Jackals which was worth the drive.
The next evening on the Night Drive it was a bit more quiet, only got a Buffalo Bull, Genet, Spotted Eagle Owls, Spring Hare, Steenbok.
On the 3rd we did the walk from Erfplaas and we found some Warthogs, Impalas, Kudu, and Elephant. Just before we started walking we listened to some Ground Hornbills which were calling in the distance.
That evening we were very lucky with the Big 5 Sightings on our way to Ngobeni on the Mopanie tar road. We got a Buffalo at Nandzana and while watching the Buffalo I heard a Lion roar to the North. We drove that way and found the Lion in the middle of the road and some Elephant to the side of it in the bush. Watched him for a long time and eventually left him as he walked up the road roaring.
About 2 km's from the Lion on the way back we found 3 White Rhino's in the road and found the general stuff as well.
Friday the 4th we walked from behind Masorini and had a very special charge on the walk. It was the 1st time ever that we experienced something like that and even the 1 guest started screaming. As we walked into the Riverbed a Sharpe's Grysbok jumped up and ran away and not long after that we heard something in the grass jumping up and ran straight to the front of us. It was a Swainsons Spurfowl that pretended that she was injured, pulling her wing on the ground and suddenly opened her wings and charged us and then flew up and came straight into our way. Our only explanation was that she had little chicks and tried to distract us from them. It was a very special sighting to see. We also got a few Kudu Cows not far from there.
Saturday morning on the walk we found 2 Duggaboys, 5 Cori Bustards, Blackbacked Jackal, 2 Ground Hornbills, 2 pairs of Steenbok, Kudu and a lovely Sunrise.
In the afternoon we had another walk and again found a Swainsons Spurfowl with chicks. 10 to 1 they were breeding twice this year with all the late rain we had.
This morning on the drop off for the Olifants River Backpack Trail we found 3 breeding herd of Elephants.
That's it for now, enjoy...