I owe you all an apology for neglecting you.....just too much happening at the moment......
But 2 evenings ago I was asked to do a sunset drive again. It was good to be behind the wheel sharing this special place once more.....and my reward was 5 overseas folk who had never been here before! They loved everything.
We stopped first for impalas and warthogs. 2 young warties were head-butting each other in play fighting, and a couple of the young male impalas were also fighting. Cameras clicked rapidly!
Eventually we tore ourselves away, and found a croc at Matjulu bridge sunning in the evening rays from the setting sun. The gravel roads were closed so we headed up the tar road. Some cars passed us trying to fit in those last precious minutes before gate-closing.
We found 2 young ellies near the road.....happily feeding. They continued feeding, ignoring us for many magical minutes, only about 10m from us! Slowly they were coming closer and I did not want to stress them so decided to move on. One of the cars that had passed us was ahead, and stopped, and I suspected the rest of the ellie herd might be there. I had heard the engine of the car revving crazily......and guessed a bull was around. The car continued revving although no ellie appeared on the road. Eventually as I decided to move on the car came back towards us.
Then a bull ellie appeared on the road, and his whole manner told me he was not happy. Head high, swaggering walk..... I realised the 4 young men in the car had been teasing him. Rather than make a bad situation worse I rolled backwards and gave him lots of space and watched. He calmed a little, but still did the pretend feeding story and came back on the road and towards us. Gave him a bit more space.....all the time telling the guests what was happening and explaining my actions. Then he turned off the road and stood with his head into the bushes for a while. I decided it was time to move. Warned the guests we might suddenly have to speed up, but took it fairly gently as I approached him. He stood still, only turning as we got next to him, tossing his head a little and waving his trunk in our direction. Still not a happy ellie, but he knew we did not mean him any harm, and allowed us past.
After that more ellies, hyenas with pups at a den, zebras, and of course more impalas. We also had a number of birds and stopped for a community spider nest. Hippos near the end of the drive too.
So a bit quiet animal-wise, but the guests enjoyed it, and the ellie encounters were special!
Other recent trips to Skukuza for various reasons have had leopards (one on the road and then climbing into a tree and posing beautifully), lots of ellies, zebs, kudus, giraffes, wildebeest, waterbuck and bushbuck, and wild dogs.
Smiling is contagious. Start an epidemic today!
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Completed over 5 years in Kruger in my caravan.
If I was normal I wouldn't be me!