Cheetah2111 - you are obviously a massive “kudu” lover, me too
Ewoudb – looks very much like an owl to me but it I guess we will never know
Pumbaa – Yes, he was big but he just looked really friendly so we weren t too bothered
Hilda – thanks for spotting the unseen
Pikkie - happy to hear you are enjoying it
Puppy – We are nearly always lucky with the doggies
We were woken by the sounds of hippos snorting happily In the river and hyenas whooping somewhere fairly close by. I think our monitor friend had also been pretty active during the night as I had been regularly torn from my sleep by some heavy duty scuttling going on across the tent roof.
A quick coffee and a couple of my favourite marmalade rusks later we were on our way for a flying visit to check out the dam inhabitants who were still being very vocal shouting to their hippo mates across the road in the river.
We decided to make our way down to Croc Bridge and within a few minutes we came across an breeding herd sized roadblock.
Having had enough ellie troubles already we kept very good distance and let them make their way to the other side.
One brave little ellie thought he would REALLY show us who was boss and proceeded to wave his trunk and flap his ears at us, daring us to come any closer! When we actually had the temerity to slowly advance on him he played his ace card and lay down in the middle of the road for several minutes until he got bored and went to join mommy again and pick a fight with a feisty branch.
A little further on we came across this lone vulture scanning the neighbourhood for a snack.
Shortly afterwards we were amazed to see a large flock of vultures come flying over, circling the riverbed before landing. Despite some intense searching with the binocs I couldn’t see a kill, they seemed to be just hanging out
Like most seasoned visitors to the park we tend to almost overlook the common animals such as zebras but I love this photo. It just reminds me of a bunch of girls getting together and having a good old chinwag!
Otherwise it was pretty quiet so after a quick pitstop at CB we decided to go off piste and turned off towards the S28.
We hadn’t gone very far when we saw a vehicle stopped and the routine began, slow to a crawl, windows down, cameras ready.
I saw several shadowy figures advancing along the track and straining my eyes my heart began to pound.
It was too thin to be a lion, too many to be leopard, no ways, wait, OMG – CHEETAHS!!!!
In all our many visits to Kruger we had never had the privilege of seeing these elusive cats and now we had 3 of them right in front of us!
Mom and her 2 babies were parading up and down in front of us as if they were models on the catwalk (no pun intended)
Mom flopped to the ground in the shade for a quick rest and was joined by one of the youngsters for a cuddle and grooming session. It was lovely to see how affectionate they were with each other.
The youngsters would then run and leap at each other playfully, keeping a wary eye on the increasing number of vehicles gathering but not letting them get in the way of having fun.
Snapping away like crazy it was hard to imagine anything beating this sighting, when what happened next literally took my breath away…..