Day3 Under-Sabie ……….
Well as promised I will keep the writing to a minimum and maximize the pics.
Me and wifey got up early and soon we got onto the S114 to Renosterkoppies to get onto S21 to eventually meet up with the H4-1 next to the Sabie-River.
It wasn’t an eternity on the S21 when we got to this beautiful little Steinbuck
He allowed me to take quite a few shots and remained there when we drove off. So tiny but one of my favorite animals of KNP
We got to about the mid section of our S21 trip. I unfortunately can not tell you if it is Ntomanene or Nhlotini waterholes. I honestly think it is Nhlotini when we saw the remains of maybe a Lion kill scarce 30m from the road.
Wish the Lions if it was a Lion kill were still there but nothing in sight.
Anyway I think this is an excellent water hole to come back to sit there for a few hours. There were plenty of animals and quite a number of different species.
Amazing how a Kudu can blend in with its surroundings.
There were plenty animals on the S21. This is a little route I’m going to take again next year.
I got a shot or two in of these Impalas…..
I just love the beautiful huge black eyes of this abundant antelope
This one is one of my personal favorite shots for 2010 and also one of my best ever of an Impala ram.
This one sort of shows you the “older look” of the Impalas face compared to the sweet faces of a Stein buck
For the next shot I actually had to stop and back up.
At first it looked like a scull but not exactly. I actually had to take the shot and enlarge to see what it really was. Nothing more than a peace of tree truck
We got to yet another waterhole on the S21.
Here we sat for a good 45min’s and I managed to get a few shots of some of the antelope and other wildlife visiting.
Soon after the waterhole I got to take a pic of this fine Kudu cows
And not long after that we came across a heard of Elephant totaling maybe 15? Not a big heard but that was actually our first encounter this year with a meaningful number of Elephant. Strange the 2 years before we saw them in NUMBERS!!
Soon after the fine Elly sighting we arrived at the H1-4 where we took a left turn to cross the bridge on the H12 to get onto the S30…a route that I wanted to take since my return to the park two years back.
About 5 min’s on the H1-4 a car flashed its headlights and the driver flagged me down. Apparently there was a Leopard kill 1 min drive from there.
Well, well ……….
After a 1 min driving …nothing….
I decided that I will rather keep my leisurely pace and enjoy what is presented to me rather than go for the Leopard to find it not there. A decision that I will pretty much pay dividents.
Soon we came across this sighting.
I feel very privileged to be able to shoot some pictures of actual Dagga boys. I enjoyed EVERY moment of this encounter.
We eventually came across the Leopard kill, in fact there were 2, one just before Nkuhlu and one about 100m past but no Leopards only the kills up the tree.
We turned onto the bridge on the H12 and as we were getting to the far end of the bridge, two cars were parked there, one behind the other ….. and there they were…. LIONS!!!!!!
This became my best Lion sighting ever. About 10 Lions stalking Impala. They crossed the H12 in the direction of Under- Sabie about 20m in front of us with the one female, well I don’t lie if a tell you she passed maybe 1m in front of us. We could not see her as she passed. For the first time ever, I was in the front row of a Lion sighting !!! Could not believe my luck…..
A few shots of this fine sighting…….
This is actually the lioness that got that close to my bakkie
Our spirits were high when we turned onto the S30 after the adrenalin pumping moments we just had. Just show’s you, the right time the right moment and you are in luck.
Well the S30 ……
It was quiet……..
I don’t know what the distance was but we eventually got to only these two sightings. The Zebras of course were about 10 in number.
Really a disappointing route and I wanted to do it for such a long time!!
Getting onto the H4-1 to Under-Sabie we immediately spot this fine opportunity
At the camp I could not resist taking this pic right next to reception.
It’s time too book in, unpack and take lunch. I favor the beef bolognaise they are selling there.
With the S30 behind us we were looking forward to the S29/S122 for the afternoon session
I don’t know what this is… Blue Crane???
I took this on the other side crossing the river.
About 4km onto the S29 we got to this cute pair of piggies.
Shame, they are soooo pretty…..
I can’t really comment on this one…
The S29 make a 90 degree left and as I can gather they/he/she came from the other side and carried on straight!!!
Close to the S122 these Zebra were minding their own business and they gave me ample time to get quite a number of shots off. This was the result..
We had one sighting on the S122.
Strange how desperately animals want to get on the other side of the road when you make a stop.
I got these two on the one side
…. And these shots on the other side…an amazing contrast of surroundings….
Now left onto the H10 back to Under-Sabie.
Wasn’t long before we spotted this fine Warthog.
A good sample of a Warthog don’t you think?
At Under-Sabie we decided to pay Sunset dam a visit and I managed to get my last few shots of the day
…….. Berg-en-Dal to be continued