The only disadvantage was - as if this sighting is not yet enough I know - that we had only blocked visibility onto these beautiful animals as we had first to find a gap between the thick bushes but I guess we hit the jackpot.
The zebras, wildebeests and impalas which also were plentiful around the elands were a bit disappointed that we only had eyes for the elands but I guess they forgave us as we normally always do stop for them although we saw already hundreds of them during the day.
Finally we found a suitable place between the bushes and now we had only to wait for the elands to walk from left to right or right to left.
They really came by and were extreme curious and we were simply far too happy that we finally messed up with the idea of an early afternoon at our accommodation outside the park
it was the now and here which counted in these minutes and so we decided to stay as long as possible with them as nobody knows when you might see them again.
A funny incident happened when an impala decided to do some urgent things right in front of the elands -
Can you see how some of the elands wrinkled their noses in the background - Needless to say that they were obviously not amused about such a rude behaviour!
It was simply an awesome sighting and can you imagine how we wished that we might stay in Shingwedzi that night so that we might could return back to them a bit later that day.
We also tried a bit further North to get a better view onto them but as so many roads that far North the S53 was closed as well as we could imagine that from that short loop we would have had the best view onto them.
Gladly now some smaller calves showed up as well so we got to see them all, impressive males, beautiful females and cute calves and between them all a large number of yellow billed oxpeckers flew around playing changing eland.
We already stayed with them for around one hour and with only a couple of very few other cars stopping for a short time we nearly had the elands all to ourselves. Their migration in that area come to a standstill and more and more elands made themselves comfortable and lay down on the ground under or even in bushes
and made a little nap.
Therefore the zebras got more and more active and one of them was running around all the animals like made and raised a lot of dust.
Carmine bee eaters were also all around and we once again had a great time in simply watch and let the animals come by themselves.
Meanwhile all elands settled for the day and with more than heavy hearts we left them but you can be rest assured shortly when staying in Shingwezi will be once again on the look out for them.
Finally we continued our way on the tar road knowing that the Punda Maria Gate is coming inevitable closer but for sure we allowed us some quick stops for our feathered friends, a lovely posing laughing dove
and for this wattled starling
to be continued.with the final Episode - Finally....