It is the morning of our last day in Kruger as we got about 6 plus hours left in the park before exiting on our way to OR Tambo. We left Satara shortly after gate opening as we wanted to enjoy every minute of what was left. We travelled down the H1-3 tar road towards Skukuza where we noticed a Brown snake eagle in a tree collecting some material for the nest.
As we still wanted to see some Sable, we headed down the S33 and at the Tinhongana waterhole, this dirty looking Saddle billed stork was on a mission.
We also noticed this foam stuff - I guess it contains eggs of the frogs
We drove slowly down the S36, but no Sable...
Guess, we had to come back again...
On our way, we had a challenge with some rhinos sleeping close to the side of the road, but we managed to pass them without disturbing them too much.
At the H1-2 and H4-1 intersection, some monkey business...
We stopped at Skukuza for breakfast where we said good bye to the bats near the restaurant.
Having reached Skukuza, we realised we were having a problem. I did not fill the car with petrol at Satara as the plan was to do it at Skukuza. Arriving at Skukuza, we were told that there was no petrol caused by the strikes. Fortunately, we still had petrol for about 140 km and as the distance to Malelane is 60+ km, we guess we were ok. Now I was worried and hoping there is petrol available in the town of Malelane. We were still in Kruger and there was nothing we could do, but just to enjoy the last few hours, so we headed to Lake Panic for a good bye visit and enjoyed some great moments which I will share later.
From Lake Panic we took the H1-1 towards Malelane, then we got this beautiful sighting - leopard in the tree, next to the road.
We were told that there were lions off the S114, so we headed that way, but could not find any lions, so we travelled down the S114 towards Malelane. For some reason, I took the H5 turnoff and found ourselves on our way to Mpondo dam. The petrol gauge was dropping too fast for my liking, but we continued. It was also on this road, close to the Mpondo dam turn-off (S102) during our first visit to Kruger in May 2009 that we enjoyed the cheetah with 6 cubs in the road. We stopped at Mpondo dam where I got my first Open-billed stork sighting
. I was very excited and glad that I took the wrong turn off.
The time was passing by too fast for our liking and the petrol gauge getting worryingly low. So, without wasting any more time at sightings, we headed straight for the Malelane gate and then stopped at the first garage in town. To our relief, they had petrol for us and we managed to reach OR Tambo in time for our flight back to Cape Town. Now we were exhausted with all this adrenalin rush and emotions. But as, the aeroplane took off, we were thinking about our next trip....and the next trip started on page 1 of this TR.
...but, before we finish off, we need to share some Lake Panic sightings. I loaded some images on the Lake Panic sightings thread already, but it will be good to also share them in this TR....to be continued - Lake Panic coming up.