11th August - Berg-en-dal
and so it began.....
we entered Malelane gate around 2pm and were surprised to see a bit of a queue. My SO joined the queue as I unpacked the cameras and Bino's.
as we drove into the park our eyes began looking and our ears began to try and pick out anything from out of the ordinary and we started to smile.....what would we see, would we get lucky, are the bee eaters around (our favourite).
Before we got to the berg-en-dal turn-off we spotted a hippo wandering through the bush, we were both surprised that this was our first sighting and as we drove along the tar road to camp we met our first few cars viewing some sleepy lions.
We met our travelling companions in camp who had flown in to Nelspruit and after a quick unpack we headed for the waterhole to look for bee eaters....we did see some but not close enough, but it was great to be in the park. As we sat there our great friends from SA pulled along side of us and later that evening we visited them for a Latte in the bush.
We returned to our cottage and driving companions and were visited by a very adorable genet.
12th and 13th August - Lower Sabie
We began the early morning wake-ups and couldn't get out of amp quick enough, we first met a hyena taking his breakfast home.
we drifted slowly along the crocodile river road and had some lovely bird sightings before turning of to head for afsaal past the gardenia hide.
Who can resist a Birchels Coucal in the morning
and while photographing this Brown hooded Kingfisher our SA friends re-appeared and after a quick chat we left them the very obliging kingfisher.
we popped into a barren hide and then came upon a pride of lions...sleeping, we luckily decided to leave them to sleep and literally around the next corner I spotted a movement low down in a tree and there it was, our first leopard.
in a tree and with a kill
. Its always nice to see your first leopard as the pressure to see one seems to lift.
We stayed for nearly 30minutes but it was hard to get a free view through the bushes and we felt rude in a high vehicle hogging the best/only view. So we left to meet up with other forum friends from the uk for breakfast.
At afsaal we had a four way forum meet, 3 from the UK and our SA friends. We were tipped off about wilddogs in the river bed and so after a not seeing them for 2 years we headed off and luckily they were there, far away but 4 wilddogs