Leaving the feeding Lions behind we drove south on the H1-3 and made a left onto the Orpen Dam Loop seeing a flock of European Bee-Eaters just up from the north and other wildlife. We met people at Orpen Dam and told them about the Lion kill at Mazithi Dam and they mentioned an LIT on the H1-2--we scattered in opposite directions.
Along the way we stopped for this juvenile Ground Hornbill that was crossing the road. Everyone takes photos of Mom and Pop so it was its turn in the limelight. Take a bow Junior.
Driving on the H1-2, shortly after the junction with the H10, were a few stopped cars and there it was, in a tree on the left of the road. It was the easiest photo I've ever taken of a Leopard as it was lying on a limb almost overhanging the road.
Getting closer to Lower Sabie was this White Rhino and Calf. Not a bad photo at all.
Which brings me to my worst photo of a White Rhino. If there is a Thread on the Forum for the lousiest most uncomplimentary photos, I'll enter this one. You've got to admit it's pretty bad.
I wonder what that little Ellie is thinking?
There was another Lion kill along the way--a Wildebeest. The Lions weren't feeding on it but were close by protecting their meal. When I was here two years ago, Lions killed a Giraffe in the same area.
Reading other Forumite's TRs, I found the Herons using Hippos as fishing platforms at Sunset Dam really interesting. So once I got to Lower Sabie the first thing I did was go to the Dam--here are my contributions.
Coming in for a landing...
Next was a quick check-in at Lower Sabie and I booked a Sunset Drive at the same time. When we arrived for the Drive there were two vehicles going out with about a dozen people in ours and twice as many in the other (I think Martie was the guide for the other vehicle). But when it was time to leave it was decided that everyone could fit into our vehicle so they all piled into ours and left the other guide (Martie?) behind. It was an enjoyable drive until the driver stopped for a cigarette break.
A note to that driver: I had no problem with stopping for a break but why did you spend that rediculous amount of time chatting with and trying to impress the young ladies with tales of your exploits? We paid for a game drive so drive! Okay, I'm finished venting.
Overall it was an enjoyable experience. Here are a few of the animals seen on the drive...Serval
We stayed at Lower Sabie for only one night and so it was time to move on. Part of my itinerary was two nights west of Kruger and then reentering to go to Berg-en-Dal.
On the way out we had to wait for this road block to pass.
I couldn't make up my mind which photo to use so I used both.
Thank You for reading. To be continued...