DAY 1 - PART 1: Croc Bridge to Lower Sabie
I’m sure I don’t need to attempt to explain that fluttering feeling of excitement when you enter KNP. To me it’s like a long distance relationship where you’ve been away from your loved one for a while and he (or she) steps off the airplane - you have a strange feeling of incredible anticipation yet at the same time there is the feeling of nostalgia and you feel instantly at peace...
After entering through Crocodile Bridge, everyone placed their bets as to what species they would see first.... Unfortunately the conditions weren’t too great for photography – it was grey and gloomy
Mommy – Impala (playing it safe)
Daddy – Leopard (optimist
Tyler (US friend) – Lion (men always seem to gang together, the first one guesses a cat, so the next feels that he should too
Terry (US friend) – Zebra (this didn’t surprise me much)
But, they were all wrong, VERY WRONG!
Their first sighting was two porcupine who were sprinting through the veld (pardon the pics, but it was hazy and still a bit dark and they were really running fast!)
Their next sighting was of two hyena with a buffalo skull! I wish I knew the story behind these pics and so did my parents, but interesting none the less
Dark and hazy, but some of the most beautiful scenary in the world!
The sun eventually decided to be a sport and come out and play!.... and then so did the animals
They then found their first good sighting of lions (they had seen 3 females earlier on, but they were a bit far away). They found this rather interesting (as do I), they sighting was of four big lions with one lioness
1st lion and lioness
3rd lion - this was a rather scary looking one - I really wouldn't like to come across him in a dark alley!
By now it was HOT and it was time to check into Lower Sabie....
SO NOW IT WAS TIME FOR A NAP, EVEN THE SQUIRRELS WERE TOO HOT TO BE OUT AND ABOUT
Other sightings that morning:
- 3 honey badgers scuffling around together
- 2 lionesses together
- a pride of lions in the Sabie River bed
- 1 side-striped jackal (we've never seen them this far south before!)
COMING UP, THE BUFF/CROC FEAST.... AND WILD DOGS!