Day 12… small things makes it worthwhile
It is sad to say that I woke up this morning knowing that it is my last full day in the Park, we decided to drive to Croc Bridge via the S28 and visit Nthahdanyathi Birdhide along the way then see where the road take us… but first, a quick look on the low water bridge, here I got the most photographed Golly in the South and because of the light and some other things I’m not aware of it looks like instead of taking a pic I painted him.
I looked upon the sky and saw that the sun was starting to make ad appearance behind the dark clouds of the previous night.
This was our first obstacle to cross this morning, Squeekems and I took one look and plunged forward…
At least we made it. We were trundling forward when a flying creature caught my eye… It settled in a dead tree next to road and was pestered by a fork-tailed drongo.
Nothing was happening at the hide and as we got back on the S28 we drove into Leach who informed us about lions that he saw crossing the road on the S137 and hoping that they would make their way towards us, so we waited for a while. How strange it might have seemed for others seeing 3 cars waiting next to the road for lions to maybe appear someday… We waited for a bit but nothing happened so we moved on and Leach decided to join us, so the three musketeers made their way to Croc. Some sightings on the way;
And then an amazing sighting that had us all up in arms. It was 3 BBJ’s that were playing around, chasing each other and jumping on logs and snapping around. We were sitting with them for a long time as it was in an open area and you could have a great view of them for a 50m stretch so there were no bad behaviour of any one (or maybe they weren’t really jackal type people)
A lone willie.
We also had a zebra kill in a tree, wonder how the leopard struggled to get him in there, took a few bad pics and then it was onwards. We got to CrocBridge and did some freshening up, talking about what route we would like to take back and when I got to my car this oke checked my yellow bonnet out and asked me about it… we chatted for a while and when Leachy came, he greeted this oke as they knew each other for years. Ya, a blonde moment, it was Aat and Ellie which came from Satara as they say CB has the best brekkie in the Park. Here is a pic (fltr: Ellie, Aat, Leachy, WendyA)
We started feeling dozy on our way back, and decided that we were to go straight back to camp and chill a bit. On our way back we got some buffies,
And the cutest eety beety little warties, just got them as they scattered into the grass…
But then one flew back for a pic (this pic made me laugh)
We did the Gomodwane loop on which we got a Burchells Coucal
and a European Bee-eater
Back on the tar we got the last members of a buff herd crossing the road
And then just before Lower Sabie we got a small traffic jam and because I have a small car another car allowed me to move in front of him (yes I did not jump row) and this was a great sighting for me!
He moved further into the bush so we drove the last few kilometers to camp. Here some ice cold KPA’s were popped and we just enjoyed the camp life.
A Cardinal Woodpecker in one of the trees near our tent
Then for an afternoon nap… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Feeling all powered up we take an afternoon drive, Big5Spotter camped across us and informed us about a impala kill on the S128 so we decide to go have a look, on the low water bridge I first took some kiekies of my birdies…
And a little egret
Then when we get at the spot, there were a few cars, all waiting for the leopard to return as this was all we saw in the tree.
We decided to drive the S29 and Muntshe and on our way back go check this spot out again. Oh and what a good decision it was. It was a peaceful and tranquil drive with some beautiful views and gentle giants…
We got back to the impala tree to find a good 8 car traffic jam… but we got a good view as the tree was next to the road and the leopard was in a spot that could be seen from anywhere. Yay! Our second spotty for the trip and what a beautiful lady! I stayed with her till about 20 minutes to go before gate closing time…
Leaving the beauty in the tree I was greeted by the beast walking towards her feast in the tree.
And heading back to camp I had to take a pic of the Lower Sabie sunset.
I got Wendy at Sunset dam and when it was gate-closing time I turned towards LS, but saw her driving in the opposite direction to another roadblock. But I decided against following her and just settled down in camp. Again! A blunder for the Heksie as it was 2 young male lions in the road. Oh well, I did have great sightings today so the thought of another golden cat eluding me flew over quickly. Leachy joined us tonight and we had a lekker braai with foiled gemsquash. Here was a pic of us three having a lekker time.
I was sad knowing that it was our last night in the Park, and we were to depart separate ways as well. I always pack up first thing and then exit through Phabeni whereas Wendy will do a morning drive and then pack up, leaving via CB. Plans were made and our last drinks were consumed and it was time to hit the wet mattresses.
To be continued…