Well, we left LP and got 'home' just in time! The hyenas were calling and we heard our first fiery necked nightjar! But a mental note was taken. Saturday night is NOT the night to be near the staff village at Skukuza...... The rest of the night was party music and vehicles in and out and in and out......
Nov 3. Early in the am again we decided to go towards Kruger Gate as the intel from the dishwashing time told us lions were spotted there....And we skipped LP.... but that didn't mean we didn't get some awesome bird photos!
A pied kingfisher family!
How fabulous are giant kingfishers!???? There were also 3 with a juvenile really nagging the parents!
A new species for today! Lizard buzzard!
We took the Sabie River road - S4 - S1 to Phabeni Gate for a bathroom break and then back with a visit to the Albasini Ruins - S3 - back on the Sabie River rd.
We saw 3 sleeping white rhinos, slender mongoose (another new species for the trip!), a yellow throated long claw, and I JUST missed a great photo of an African cuckoo..... Also added yellow throated apalis to the list... again no photo! Arg! And we spotted our first owl!!! (but it turned out to be a tree branch stump...
We also watched some dagha bulls sparring - the clash of the horns was impressive - I have to get my SO to put more video together!
A kudu bull - can't go by him without a photo! and the oxpeckers are flourishing - nice to see!
We decided to go back to camp for lunch and a swim. Our tent:
We saw about the fattest warthog we have ever seen. She was just cruising around Skukuza! At least she ran in between grass snacks....
We headed out for an afternoon drive - and we had the best surprise awaiting us!!! We headed south on the H1-1 to the S114 to Renosterkoppies...
Our first baby impala!!!!!!!!!!!!
We were stoked!
Some more impala photos for you! The M for "MacDonalds" of the bush (the fast food everyone eats....)
It seems like this guy likes feather earrings like I do!
More on the horizon!
Wishing I was back at KNP…..
next best thing - a trip report! A New Species each day! KNP Nov 2013