We had a great trip today! We were at Croc Bridge only minutes after 6am. Apart from impala there was nothing until just past the S28 turning - then a traffic jam..... 2 lionesses with cubs - 4 small and 2 a little bigger that we were able to count. It was impossible to get a good photo - the cars were all over the place, and the cubs too active in the long grass. But we were able to watch for a while and really enjoyed the activity. Eventually they headed down towards the river and disappeared, so we left too.
Only a few hundred metres further on there were elephants in the bush near the road - and then 'the front end of a rhino' at last! (The rhino we had seen near BnD on Friday was not keen on facing us....). It kept a steady walk parrallel to the road for quite a while and my friend got a couple of good photos.
Not much further on there was a lone bull elephant right next to the road
He seemed determined to get as much of the tree into him as possible and ignored us totally.
At the waterhole further on we found lions again - but heading into the bush and giving some impala a fright! And again just after that more elephants, but behind bushes so we could see they were there but not get a good view.
Just before the S28 joined back into the tar road we found a herd of zebs with wildebeest in the background. Then suddenly this guy entered the field:
It started to chase the zebs, and they scattered and we were about to move off, when suddenly there was more movement - and the hyena reappeared - but this time being chased by a zebra!!! All settled down again and then the hyena came towards the road for a short distance but disappeared into bush.
Then it began to rain quite heavily, so we headed for breakfast
- which was great! The griddle chef appeared to thoroughly enjoy her job and cheerfully made us omelettes, and when I asked about pancakes she just smiled. As I finished the 'main' meal she appeared at my side with a plate of freshly made pancakes - delicious!!!!! (The waiter spoilt the experience by taking far too long with the bill and the change though).
Then Sunset Dam - but not much happening. We continued north and found 3 dagha boys, and kept on to the green bridge and turned back. Several groups of kudus entertained us, but really only impalas about. There were several giraffes at Sunset Dam when we got back there, and when warthogs came to drink near them it made a good contrast photo:
But the inevitable crazy was there too
I told him he should not be out of the sunroof, and he demanded to know why! I informed him about outlines, etc, and that it was the regulations anyway and he told me he 'appreciated my point of view' and withdrew to shoulder level! As we left the driver suddenly informed us that his father had been one of the founding members of the Honorary Rangers! My response was that he should know better then...
We stopped at Lower Sabie, and I showed the photo to the reception staff - they noted the registration number and immediately rang the rangers! No messing about....
The rest of the trip home was quiet, and we were tired anyway - and probably still digesting our large breakfast! Well we had to eat all those pancakes as well because they were made specially for us......!