Our day started with us being woken up by all the activity in the camp getting ready to head out. It was 5:10am and we were waiting for the gates to be opened at 6am. Once the gates were opened we headed down the Skukuza to Lower Sabie road (Leopard Lane) until we reached the bridge. We stopped on the bridge and had some breakfast overlooking a few Hippos. We had Milo cereal and some berry juice.
After breakfast we headed towards Tshokwane. All in all it was a quiet drive but we did see some Elephant (Still no good Elephant sighting) and all the usual suspects. We arrived at Tshokwane and had a drink and some carrot cake (My SO’s is still the best ever).
After we were all stretched out we head towards Lower Sabie along the H1-2.
I have decided that this is my favourite road in Kruger. Just miles and miles of open savannah which moves up a big mountain to reveal some of the best African views I have ever seen. At the top of the mountain we got out at a lookout and had an amazing panoramic view of the Kruger which rolls on for as far as the eye can see. A ranger at the lookout told us he could see 2 White Rhino, A Black Rhino, Impala, Zebra, and Giraffe. (WITH OUT BINOCULARS!!!!!!!). After what seemed like ages of scanning the plains I finally spotted our first Black Rhino. He was about 1KM away but still. Finally after many a trip we had seen one. We moved on (ecstatic about our sighting) and soon came to a grinding halt with 3 beautiful Ground Hornbill Pecking away at the ground as they came within meters of our car. They are just the most amazing to watch as they walk along and listen a when they hear something they stop, take aim and fire their beak into the ground with such accuracy. They seem to have such personality.
Once back on Leopard Lane we saw a huge traffic jam (could only be lion causing such commotion). Over the years we have established how to tell what animal was up ahead just by looking at the traffic. If it’s a few cars (5-10) it’s usually something like Elephant or a Rhino. If it’s ridiculous traffic then it’s usually lion, but if the traffic is absolutely crazily impassable madness, then you know there must be a Leopard somewhere.
After waiting for what seemed like forever only seeing the odd flick of a tail we finally got to see our first lion of the holiday. They were sleeping in the shade as always. 2 young males and 5 females lazing around without a worry in the world. We had a good look and then tried to move off to let the others have a look. The traffic is worse than in JHB.
We arrived back at our camp at 14:30 and had a terrible lunch at the wooden banana (as always) and then had a good relax.
At 4pm we went out for an evening drive and headed down Doispan and did the small loop back to Kruger gate. We didn’t see much except Impala, warthog, Guinea Fowl and francolin, but that didn’t phase us, we were just so happy to be there.
For supper we had bacon and cheese mince mate and some red wine and are now sitting under the stars with frogs croaking and bats chirping. (No Hyena or Lion calls yet)
A brilliant day all in all with 120KM travelled.