After a short break at N’wanetsi we knocked our planned route on the head as we heard about a sighting of lion cubs right at the beginning of the H6 so we headed that way but needless to say that the cubs meanwhile disappeared when we arrived at the indicated place where to look for them but we got to see more of the locals and saw many giraffes,
and my relatives!
We made another pit stop at Satara and as it was still far too early to stay for the rest of the morning until our afternoon drive in camp we now did the planned route, however, the other way round and from that day and the following days onwards the S90 got more and more our favourite road in that area at least for this year......and although it was already getting late and hotter we had some nice sightings that late morning and compared to the S100 there was always something to be seen. First came along an elephant bull
followed by more and even a herd
and they were even not shy and aggressive and allowed us some nice close up shots.
Further down the road the area was teeming with animals and lot of zebra and wildebeest herds were worth to stop for some pictures.
All of them were either resting or munching and obviously were simply happy to be alive
and on top lots of youngsters were running around and having fun.
There was even a black backed jackal to be admired which was looking the whole time observantly on to the other side of the road
followed by a kori bustard and this was definitely the road where we saw that many of them as never before
or it were always the same?.......
More birdies could also be found especially lots of Carmine bee eaters and this one got by mistake onto the picture together with the kori
and also the red-backed shrikes were roaming this road in hords – This one could be captured still with its breakfast.
We really had problems in deciding where to look first as now a large group of kudus was resting under a bush close to the road.
Finally we reached the turnoff into the S 41 but the sightings continued. On nearly each bush an European roller could be found only waiting that some of the creeping crawlers on their menu could be spotted on the road and it really did not take long until one caught a large grasshopper and swallowed same with pleasure.
A bit further down the road we suddenly had to stop again as we spotted a large group of resting waterbucks, all males, and due to the high grass we sometimes could only identify part of their horns but overall it must have been around 20! Some of them squeezed under a small bush or tree and nearly kept hidden the whole time
and whilst we were still busy in counting them I scanned the area around them and soon discovered a pair of saddle-billed storks building a nest in a remarkable tree – WoW I was thrilled with such a sighting and although we already saw many of them during our previous trips but never a couple building a nest.to be continued..........