After a good night's rest, we left camp at 05:00. We planned to take the H4-1 via the H12 and H1-2 to Tshokwane.
At Sunset dam it seemed as if the animals and birds were still asleep. We watched the sun rising from the east and enjoyed the fresh air, hearing the African bush waking up.
Between Sunset and the Nhwathimiri causeway turn-off we only saw a fish eagle, impalas and a
troop of baboons. At the Lubuye lubuye bridge we stopped for a while after hearing about a leopard being seen there often the passed days, but no luck.
We took the Nhwathimiri causeway, but without any luck. We found a friendly guy on this road
telling us about a leopard kill he saw the previous day right before his car in the middle of the road, 10:00 in the morning. Apparantly happened close to the Nhwathimiri bridge on the tar road.
Some people are so lucky
At Nkhuhlu,we stopped for coffee and beskuit and enjoyed the piece and quietness since we were
the only people there with the shop not yet open.
After Nkhuhlu, we found a bateleur, bushbuck and another troop of baboons, as well as these idiots...
On the high water bridge-- some more baboons and hippos. Except for Nyala bulls once
and impalas, I've never seen anything else on the H12 and this time was no different.
On the H1-2 we found this monitor lizzard...
There was more life closer to Manthimale dam with zebbies, waterbuck, impala etc. The impala
babies are just amazing..
It was very quiet at Oliphants waterhole and found woolly-necked storks (I think, please correct me)
and steenbok at Leeupan.
The rest of the road was also very quiet. We started feeling a bit depressed without any big five sightings. Siloweni dam was closed for cars, not sure why.
At Tshokwane, me and Riaan made brunch. We actually wanted to have brunch at Nhlanguleni, one of my favourite picnic sites, but determined that it will become too late. It was a bit cloudy that day and not as hot as the previous day.
We took the H10 back to Lower Sabie. Found impala, kudu and giraffe before the Orpen-dam turn-off.
At Orpen dam there was nothing but piece and quitness... which was enough.
The next stop was obviously at Nkumbe... a lovely view especially in summer. Saw giraffes, zebbies, whathogs and ellies.
The H10 felt as if we were in an elephant park. There was constantly elephants either closer or on the horizon. We found this very big herd close at the S128 (northen) turn-off.
Also found an extremely big herd crossing the road after Muntshe. Never had so many elephant sightings ever before. About 3km after the Mlondozi dam turn-off we found a car parked. We could not see anything and asked them what they saw
..... lioness... they said "...she crossed the road and are now moving deeper in..." Damm...
If only those ellies crossing the road moved faster....
But we saw her. She was now walking parallel with the road about 80 metres in untill she eventually disappeared.
We were happy with our lion sighting and continued. On the Sabie bridge, we found the giant kingfisher again. The water looked very attractive and we could again not wait for the swimming pool.
We had a quick swim today and went for a nap.
At about 16:15 we went for an afternoon drive. Decided on the S28, then right on the S137 pass Duke and back.
We first stopped at Sunset and watched the hippos. Very active this afternoon
The tar road and S28 before Nthandanyati were rather quiet with a few impalas and birds. Still lovely to be in the bush, especially this time of day. We did not have time to stop at the hide. At Duke we found an elephant and a rhino closer to the tar road.
Back on the H4-2 -- some ellies and giraffes. Approaching the Mativuhlungu bridge we saw 3 cars standing... I wondered whether it could be the leopard Snakies and Mad Leopard were referring to the previous afternoon. We could not see anything and asked one of the cars.. Leopard!!
I used the binocs and eventually found it. It then moved a bit and was a bit more vissible. Not the best leopard sighting ever, but we were happy.
We then had to go as we had little time before gate closing time. We found a hyena walking in
the road at the sausage trees.
Back at camp excited after our leopard sighting we went for a quick swim and started preparing our chicken "potjie". It was our friends' last night before leaving.
Me and Riaan luckily still had 3 nights, each in Satara, Tamboti and Skukuza