Back to 02.03.2013:
Of course, we discussed what would be our first sighting. Having followed the forums, I opted for leopard or ellie, SO said impala. Guess who was right – SO of course.
Since it was late already, it was a quiet day. We drove the H3 to Afsaal and saw our first ellies and the first person who broke the rules. A woman got out of the car on the bridge to take a pic.
A stop at renosterpan provided impalas, our first golden orb
and some zebras.
We had lunch at Afsaal. Unfortunately, it was not very delightful since the flies wanted their share of our food. Yuck. Actually, these were the only flies on our trip. They seemed to have a meeting there. For the first time we visited Afsaal, there were hardly any birds around and even the scops owl seemed to have moved somewhere else. All the signs were removed.
After lunch we proceeded on the H3 towards Skukuza. Not much game but we saw some birds.
On the H1-2 we saw some nyalas. They were quite well hidden.
Close to Tshokwane we had our first tawny sighting.
Tshokwane was still closed according to the flood update. As we arrived at 4 pm it actually was closed, but it appeared to be closed for the day and not permanently.
Since the SO was tired of driving, he asked me to take the wheel for the rest of the trip to Satara. Usually I do not like driving in KNP that much because of the ellies. We had to reverse on tiny dirt roads a couple of times before and I was quite happy that I wasn’t doing the driving then. But this was a tar road and I took over. As you can guess about an hour later some ellies decided to cross the road. Luckily they were quite relaxed and disappeared into the bush on the other side.
We arrived at Satara at 5:30 pm and after renewing our wild card bungalow 176 was allocated to us. Unfortunately it is quite far from the fence.
We downloaded our pictures and had a nice braai. While we were having our nightcap, an African wild cat moved between the bungalows on the other side - too far away and gone too fast for a pic.