Thank you Hilda, Sharifa, Heksie, Pumbaa, Charinda, Radman, MM and Barryels. MM, that Chelsea/Barcelona game was matchless
Better get this TR going again. A quick visit to Satara for Petrol (running out of petrol is one thing you avoid in KNP) revealed this very appealling plant
This Giraffe looked at me skew.
Then straightened out a bit
Then the first of the 3 sad things. ABout 3 km from Satara, came across the sad sight of a burnt out car, with some trees and grass still smouldering, so it must have happened a few minutes before I got there. Not the kind of thing you hope to see in Kruger. My first instincts, on seeing the Helicopter and some guys on the cell phones, walking up and down, was that this was related to poaching-car chase ending with this crash and burn-out. If only! Turns out, as has been reported on this Forum, a lady from the Finnish Embassy in Pretoria. How very sad that is. We were not allowed to stop, let alone take some photos. The guy before me tried, but was firmly and decisively told to move on, which I was glad about. We have enough road carnage here in Gauteng to take pics of. It does make one philosophical of course. Not the way one wants to die, though the location is spot on. From what I can gather, the police and Sanparks handled this situation very well indeed and are to be commended.
The brief stop at Satara did show Lions on the way south, and sure enough, I found him. A lone Male, doing his usual unco-opertaive lazing around, doing nothing. Despite the number of cars, he merely carried on in his lazy mode. I did like his Mohican hairstyle though
And then the next of the sad things- this makes me so mad. Now it is possible that the Impala jumped a bit too high and crash landed to cause this injury, but I think not. This is road kill, of the worst possible kind. Poor Impala. For the senstive viewers, my apologies. I post in the hope that it will cause all of us to drive with extra care in the Park. Having seen a snake killed before my eyes, this is not exactly what I wanted to see again.
Whoever did it- should not be allowed in the Park for a 100 years.
It had attracted its'usual spectators-or should I say hungry fellas.
Amongst them a Tawny-Such an opportunistic bird
Usually I woudl wait a while at something like this, in the hope that a lion/leopard/hyena would come along to eat on the carcass. The birds were obviously waiting for such visit, but I had to get to Skuks, so moved alon