After sharing our best highlight of the trip i jump back to the beginning. It was our first time to enter via malelane and it was very comfortable. The drive vom Joburg was without any problems, grill utensilities, drinks & co were bought fast in the local malelane supermarket and at about 02.30 we arrived at malelane gate. A very friendly guy told us about the closed roads and that the sightings in the area are good at the moment
We entered the park and made bets about the first animals - i was very optimistic and made a big leopard-bet
, rookie-girl was for zebras.
Our plan was to do a bit of the s114 and the gravel roads around and drive to BnD via renosterpan on the tar road. The start was a bit quiet - it was about 35 degrees and the animals were not very active.
Our first animals was a group of noisy birds:
The last times we spent our time in the park in september or october and it was all unbelieveable green und full of water. Next sighting was a nice interaction of a hamerkop and a monitor lizard in a puddle:
After we entered the sand road S114 we found our first impies and it was beautiful to see so many youngsters:
The group of impies seemed to be a little nervous, perhaps it was the lion tracks on the road that made them anxious:
We had a look around, but didn't see any cats or other tracks, so we drove on to see a very common kruger sighting
- always running in front of the car:
I was very happy to see so many of my favourite birds in the park - the LBR's seemed to be everywhere:
The scenery of the s114 was very beautiful and we enjoyed our first big 5 sighting with the hills in the background:
After that a very cute impie flirting with me:
There were many animals on the sand roads around, herd of impies, some buffs, rollers and a nice herd of zebras:
Back at the tar road at about half past 4 we tried renosterpan, but nothing except many many potholes of the floods
We decided to drive slowly to Berg en Dal as i saw a big brown animal 500 meters on the tar road in front of us. I told Rookie-Girl about the buff on the tar and she had a look through the binocs..."Does not look like a buff...has big horns - have never seen something like that before"
I had a look myself and
- there was a magnificient sable standing on the tar road to BnD in the afternoon heat. We took a few fast pics through the windscreen, because the shy animal moved off quick:
I was sooo happy, it was a big dream of me to see sables in the park, but i never expected the in the BnD area. We had a closer look at the point where the animal went into the bush as another sable crossed the road in front of us
It all went too fast to take good pics (and we were too nervous) but we could watch them another 10 minutes in the dense bush. A few other cars arrived and we told them about the sables but no one was interested
I think the two sables were the last of a bigger group that crossed the road. We did a very short video of the bigger one in the bush:
We couldn't believe our luck and drove happy back to the camp....anywhere on one of the many roads we drove in the 3,5 hours we had another great sighting - with a gap in the ear:
That's all for episode one - had a lot of fun while posting and writing...hope you like it
Have a nice day....Michael & Nicole