A belated Happy New Year to everyone
Apologies for taking so long to add to my TR it has been a busy start to the new year.
Just caught up and what stunning sightings you had
. Great pic of the lion in the shade with the monitor at the water's edge
Those birdies at Afsaal can be quite irritating
Thanks for sharing
Thanks Barry The monitor was special. I'd have to say that if people returned their plates then the birds would have nothing to attract them.
Hilda I was surprised that the woodpecker was actually in the picnic and gave me the time to get the picture considering the number of people around.
After the giraffe we decided to take the S120 and the Matjulu loop road around to Berg en Dal rather than head there down the tarmac. I’m sure someone on the forum will put me right but the top of the S120 must be one of the highest places in the park accessible by car. We did not see another car on the whole road and only found these buffalo/egrets thanks to the two egrets standing out in the grass.
The sightings to the camp gate were limited to a few cars but it was late afternoon and was relatively warm. After check-in we relaxed and checked out the camp/dam area finding this female bushbuck and her young one in the shade below the dam viewing area.
Whilst the rest of the family headed back to the huts to put their feet up I ventured down the rhino trail to see what could be seen. This elephant was the first animal to be seen, initially he was hidden by the overhanging branches but he soon moved out into the late afternoon sun. He’d obviously been for a late afternoon bath in the dam, opposite the fence corner he turned up into the trees.
Around the corner I soon found another elephant tearing branches off a small tree, some waterbuck were keeping it company (the sun was too low to get the elephant)
Further up the path near the poorly repaired section, where the stream in flood has damaged the fence, a family of dwarf mongoose joined me on my stroll.
We’d book a night drive for that evening and to say the least it was packed full of animals. We’d not gone 20metres out of the gate before we stopped for the buffalo bull coming around the camp fence corner. We did get close enough to some elephants to get a photo but we abandoned the picture taking after this one. There were two superb sightings to recount; one of three hyena heading down a non-public road but the best one was a bull elephant bathing in the river by the Malelane gate bridge it’s not only humans that enjoy a bath ‘Superb’
We finally saw a leopard off the Matjulu Bridge, an older leopard with a limp on his back leg; he was eating dung according to our driver. On the Matjulu loop we saw two female rhino and young crossing the road. Our driver then impressed us 100% when he found a chameleon on a tree branch and shortly after a bush baby jumping through the trees. We also saw 2 honey badgers, a solitary hippo, what could have been a civet and numerous buffalo but no lion even though they were in the area. I’ll be booking another night drive or two come May/June this year when the SO and I return for a 10 day visit, it was fantastic apart from the large temperature drops in the stream beds on the loop road.
The last short day will soon follow, I’ve some good TR’s to catch up on