With the last leopard sighting behind us it was back to normal with not much to see we reached Tshokwane and stopped for a body break, leg stretch and something cool to drink. We stayed on the H1-2 towards Skukuza when we left.
Our first sighting as we left Tshokwane was this ellie family. We just love to photograph the cute little ellies and to study the older ones looking after them.
We gave them ample time to cross the road before we moved along. I also have to stop for this Crested Francolin and chick to cross the road.
It seems that the cat sightings were something of the past day when we were only greeted by birdies again.
Our first birdie sighting was these Ground Hornbills in a tree.
Hilda also caught them in flight.
Then Hilda’s pride and joy, a Fish Eagle.
Next was a Jacobin Cuckoo.
Hilda caught this Woodland Kingfisher in the act of calling his friends.
We also captured this Martial Eagle enjoying his lunch, with a Tawny Eagle keeping him company.
As we got closer to the Kruger Tablets (Kruger – Grobler Memorial) we chatted about the fact that Hilda never wanted to alight at the memorial because she saw a picture where visitors walked closer to read the plague whilst a leopard was lying about 20 meters left of the Tablets. We could see two cars parked in the slipway and we also decided to stop and have a look.
This is what we saw. There was a pride of 13 lions consisting of 9 females and 4 young cubs. If you count all the legs and ears on the second picture there should be 10 in total. The third picture shows us the other 3.
This is why we will always go back to Kruger. We had 4 (four) days of no cats and then 17 (seventeen) in approximately 3 (three) hours’ time.
Our next sighting was a herd of buffalo in the Sand River.
At the second low water bridge we came across a troop of baboons and we just had to take some pictures of this little one keeping him busy with some acrobatics.
We arrived at Skukuza and booked in at reception. We booked one of the GCV4 units and will share the unit with Click-Click’s mom and dad for the next two days. The friendly staff gave us a map to get to the unit because it was the first time that we stayed on the perimeter. We were greeted by Martie and settled in.
We had a wonderful braai that evening with a group of 30 (thirty) bush crazy people.
Apart from our old ‘mite friends that attended the celebrations we also met norms for the first time. He is another awesome ‘mite with a passion for the wild.
Our tally of ‘mites met during this trip were 10 (ten) which were the following:
Heksie, Crested Val, her SO Dungy, her son Crested Chick, Mgoddard and daughter Bush_baby, click click, Vlakvarksegat and SO Hippohollow and last but not least norms.
We also met two very special people which guided Martie during her 264 day stay in Kruger, which was “The Supervisor” John and his SO Norma.