Thanks guys, it was really special to have had two Cheetah sightings and the ellie was one of my favourites of the trip.24 September - Time to say goodbye
So while packing up we were discussing the great trip we had. We were very fortunate with some incredible sights. We felt that the two things we missed out on was the very elusive wild dog and a real nice lion sight. Don't get me wrong we had nice lion sights but not one right next to the road and we normally have at least one those on a trip. So we decided that we will drive down to Kruger gate to maximise time in the park and increase our chances for one of the sights.
When we were ready to leave we re-considered and decided that the day will become to long for the boys so we went with the H7 towards Orpen
At Nsemani dam a nice saddle billed stork and some bobs
And a little bit further on another lapped face, the fourth of the trip and definitely a record for us.
Then there were a small traffic jam, it was still quite early so anything could have awaited us. "please be our lions" I told SO when she asked what I think it is.
There were six cubs taking turns feeding, right next to the road. Mom then appeared about thirty metres in and called everyone
But this guy was still hungry
And then dashed off
They all lied down and just like that disappeared. Unbelievable to know that there is six cubs and at least two lionesses 30m away and you can't see them. What an incredible lion sight.
On the mandatory S106 another Martial eagle
And then a perfect little fellow to end off the trip.
What a perfect final day and so glad we decided to take the short way home.
Going over Abel Erasmus pass I just took in the beauty and coming to grips that it is almost over.
Heading through Middelburg toll plaza the reality that our Cheetah hunt is over sinks in.
The last 140km home the planning started, and Operation Wild dog was born. On 1 October we phoned central reservations and was able to get Lower Sabie for the first time and booked all 4 nights there.
I missed Kruger so much while doing this TR and with September so far away we booked a short stay at Talamati in March as well as I now know what magic lies in the bushveld camps.
for joining me on this trip, it is really appreciated and hope to do one soon again.
Kruger greetings and may you all have fantastic times in your up and coming trips to paradise.
Talamati 21 March 2014 - 23 March 2014
Lower Sabie 20 September 2014 - 24 September 2014