After a short break at the Muzandzeni picnic spot where we also stretched the legs a bit we headed back slowly to camp and to our luck we once again could admire a very sleepy rhino under a bush relatively far away from the road.
Due to the time of the day and the heat it took us relatively quick back to Satara as simply nothing else came across and only close to Satara a couple of giraffes meanwhile also under a tree made us stop
until we were finally back on our verandah after a long drive and simply relaxed and soaked in everything a bit more extensively as this was already our last afternoon at Satara. The woodies were once again in full swing and with heavy hearts we started to our afternoon drive although we could have sat there the whole afternoon.
Now you can guess which road we had chosen for our final drive around Satara and yes, it was the S90 simply to say good bye as we had such a great time this year here. The light meanwhile was brilliant it was still extreme hot but no longer that unbearably as around midday and it definitely took not long until we spotted the first kori around its head a lot of flies were buzzing.
Only a bit farer down the road the next kori came across and close to where we spotted that morning our lion pride we realized a couple of dead trees full of vultures
and sporadically on smaller thorny bushes there was always one single lapped-faced vulture sitting.
Then we saw dimly heads with ears far away under nearly the same bush as that morning but due to the distance, the dense vegetation and the back light it was nearly impossible to at least capture a decent picture. It must have been around five under that bush but for sure there must have been the others too somewhere else.
Vis-à-vis on the other side of the road we saw a couple of jackals running around and also vultures on the ground so maybe there was some remains of an older kill on which all of them were feeding but due to the high grass on the roadside and several ditches we only could saw part of the animals but not the kill itself.
On the other side the lions must have made a relatively fresh kill as several heads permanently could be seen obviously feeding on something – Some of them strolled from the shady bush over to the buffet and others just had finished and returned from the kill to the shady bush.
Although we could not see the lions in total and only parts of them it was nevertheless a fantastic way in leaving Satara the next morning with such a sighting and on top we met again the couple which we met already in the morning here and we nearly said to each other simultaneously: “You did obviously know much about lion behaviour”.
We stayed until the nearly last minute to return back in time to Satara and we also hoped that with the setting sun they might come a bit closer but that was not the case although one of the lioness looked a bit irritated into our direction.
Finally we had to leave although we would have loved to stay the whole night. Gladly there was no elephant herd which could have delayed our return as otherwise we definitely did not return in time but we had still enough time to enjoy a stunning sunset to finally crown our stay this year at that camp.
Also tonight no dinner visitor arrived and so we had a more than lovely final braai until it was time for the bed.Wednesday, 20th February, 2013 – Satara – Olifants
As we do not always stay four nights in a row in one camp it was a bit difficult for us to pack everything together moreover as we had just a good time in Satara sightingwise but somehow we also managed that and I was already looking forward to the view in Olifants we left camp relatively punctual just after the gate opened. First stop was then at Nsemani dam and although it was still a bit gloomy it gave the whole dam an all the animals we could see a special look.
The noisy hippos where numerous and relatively close to where we parked
although we nearly see none when visiting the dam during the day and on top a bird we do not often see was busy in foraging – An African spoonbill!
Years ago there were still two trees standing right in front of the parking area at the dam but these trees are meanwhile fallen and from one the trunk was lying down and due to the heavy rainfalls in January same was still nearly under water but the hippos obviously enjoyed this “toy” very much as nearly all of them lingered around these fallen trees – also these three all in different sizes
some played “Happy Hippo”,
the little one was impersonate the White Shark out of the movie “Jaws”
and others were simply still tired.to be continued...