Kaapsedraai, Trrp-Trrrrrrrr, JeanniR, RosemaryH, Carol g, PetraJ, hoyle, umtali1, kallis1786, Pumbaa, isinkwe, tent dweller, gatita, impyim and melph68.
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. Hope you will enjoy my and Hilda’s experiences with us
.9 October 2013
I don’t think that anybody actually sleeps like a baby the night before you leave for any of the park we love so much. We were up at 03:00 to get ready for the road to “heaven”. We encountered a lot of mist along the way to Nelspruit which forced me to drive at 20kph at some stage.
The next obstacle was the stop and go just past Nelspruit on our way to Malelane where we normally have breakfast and fill up with diesel before we enter Kruger. The stop and go set us back by nearly two hours
We entered Kruger through Malelane Gate at 09:20 on our way to Satara for our four (4) night stay, before our next stop overs at Lower Sabie and Croc Bridge.
With cameras and binos ready, as well as our yellow scarf tied to the mirror, we were scanning the bush and ready to shoot at everything moving
We missed the resident leppie down at Berg and Dal, but saw a lot of general game (impala, kudu and steenbuck).
Our first of the big 5 were these buff’s in the Mbambane riverbed.
And then somewhere along the N4 we saw these two wonderful creatures. Mom with her baby.
We also saw this horned beauty, busy plucking juicy leaves from a scrub.
We decided on this trip to take more photos of birdies sitting, hopping and flying
. This was totally new to both of us to capture these little birdies and keep them in focus. Our first birdie was this Fork-tailed Drongo.
We also captured this guy that did a bit of sun tanning.
This was our first Fish Eagle of the trip.
Then we came across the third of the big 5. A pride of six lions was lying in the long grass and we could only photograph two of them as evidence.
We reached Afsaal for a welcome leg stretch and a visit to the shop for something cold to drink.To be continued….