Day 2 - Sunset Drive
So after enjoying a lovely early braai, we took a slow walk up to the biyamiti reception, it was a very slow walk as temperatures had reached 40 degrees at afsaal at midday
it was a almost a full drive, 9 of the 10 seats were full, we were all welting in the heat waiting for the guide
When he saw there were only 9 people booked he asked if he could bring his son along in the remaining sit, which I thought was quite nice, some early training for the young lad perhaps
He said we would not be going up the long strech of the PVT road because sightings had been very very scarce lately, instead we were going to go towards crocodile, we would do a short stint east on the S25 then take the S108 towards the H5 and then down towards crocodile on the H4-2 and return to camp on the S25. I was rather happy with that route as the sightings around the crocodile had been excellent lately.
We had quite a few nice sightings of giraffes, impalas, a brown snake eagle and a tiny croc so far. I was busy fidling with my camera settings now as it was getting dark and I wanted to change the ISO, as we rounded a corner I looked up and said rhino, to our delight it was a BLACK RHINO
He was unfortunately very skittish and ran off quickly, sadly I didnt get any good pictures as my camera set up wasnt good
, but still we saw him.
The ranger then told us they call that rhino Shrek as he doesn't have any ear lobes, he also said they have got very close to him on some morning walks and it looks like he was born that way. Even though the picture is terrible you can make out the black rhino shape
After that it started getting dark and I know my picture opportunities were fading, luckily my dad had his HD camera with him which doesn't require a flash most of the time
But before that time we spotted a regal kudu crossing the road, he stopped anded possed for us
As we turned onto the H4-2 we spotted a group of White rhino, but they were to far off for pictures. We also came across a spotted Hyaena, it looked like he might have been in a fight but when we got closer we noticed it was actually a snare
It ran off into the bush and all the ranger could do was notify the crocodile camp when he got back to biyamiti.
We carried on towards crocodile on the H4-2, we spotted a juvenile marshall in a tree
After we left that the guide, said leopard up in front, he sped up and the leopard crossed the road, we waited for it to perhaps show itself again, which it did
She was a rather small one, and she just sat watching us for quite some time
We spent as much time as we could there having a stare down lol, we had to eventually leave and then turned onto the S25, it was around 10 to 8 now and the ranger stopped the vehicle, and a car drove up next to us,
A man opened his window and in a thick american accent asked if the ranger could direct him to Jock Safari lodge as he took a wrong turn and got lost
The ranger directed him and also told him he would be taking his vehicle registration and inform the offences guys he was late and he would get a fine. The guy then drove off, but in the space of 4km's he had hit 4 scrub hares
We didnt see much more except tons and tons of impala, we turned back onto the pvt road and spotted a couple hippo's grazing.
So it was an eventful drive, we completed the big 5 and saw a black rhino, but also an idiot who should have been thrown out of the park.