All in all we had a great early morning in observing them even without binoculars so the still hot coffee could be enjoyed without juggling with other things in the hands even the cameras deserved a short break and we simply stayed and sighed and after we also admired the spoonbill also extensively it was time to leave.
Whenever changing camp from Satara to Olifants we do take the S39 as this is simply one of our favourite roads for nearly each and every animals and also same is allowing some nice views into the riverbed and dense vegetation and although the distance between Satara and Olifants is not far it always takes us until early afternoon until we finally arrive and before we even could turn into that road we still had to stop quite several times on the H7, especially for this giraffe,
another one of the cheeky Burchall’s coucals
and one of the friendlier elephants bulls.
Meanwhile the sun also illuminated everything in a lovely golden light and as Mr. Elephant posed so nice we could not leave and the cameras started to get hot again.
He also came closer as there the grass was greener and the marulas yuicier but gladly he way only interested in feeding
whereas Timon’s interest was to snap the perfect elephant shot with the obligatory marula trees in the background which are so typical for that area so it took him a lot of clicks and for me later to choose the best picture a couple of time until we could finally carry on.
Shortly before we could turn into the S39 we were held up by a troop of baboons and a couple of white backed vultures in the best light.
It normally takes a while until you reach on that road the riverbed where the stunning views do start and today we had a great time in watching a large herd of impalas busy in a morning chat,
or in simply enjoying the new morning.
I think the height of the grass gives you a good impression how dense the vegetation was at that time of the year.
The views into the river bed were as always breathtaking and although it was extreme quiet that morning until we reached Leeubron we had a lovely time as moreover not much cars crossed our path. Funnily as quiet the road was previously at Leeubron there is always animal activity – We experienced this meanwhile on each of our visits here. A family of Egyptian goose with meanwhile nearly grown goslings could be watched and lots of impalas quenched their thirsts very alertly.
With the following picture I at least can try to explain why I love this road in February that much – A lovely green jungle with birdies maybe not always to be seen but chirping from everywhere and out of nowhere a giraffe appeared on the scene and did not bother our presence and walked giraffewise closer and closer
until same disappeared together with a baboon in one of the green carpets on one roadside as if same was not there only seconds earlier. We drove all the loops on that road to allow closer looks into the Timbavati riverbed although you had to be careful as some of them do not look that trustful after the last year’s flood. An African fish eagle landed close by and although same only turned its back onto us we spend quite a while in watching and photographing same
until same took off unfortunately into the wrong direction.
Next came across a strange dangling bush and whilst examining same a bit more careful the closer we came we realized a family of vervets very well hidden but also a very famous and regular sighting on this road as well.
All of them were nearly the whole time on the move and first we had problems to choose for a victim and finally our cameras stopped on one of the cute little ones
which was about to chew a bit on a small branch.to be continued with a great stay at Ratelpan hide.....