Day 20, 11 May. Skukuza -> Lower Sabie.
Clear skies today, temperature in the high 20s.
Our last full day in the park but what a day! We had some excellent sightings including one that tops all the others for the trip!
Out first thing and up to Granopkop/Mathekayane/Sandflea to catch the sunrise. We were waylaid by a trio of Southern Ground Hornbills so We didn't quite get there before the sun rose but the view was even better than it was last night.
We then continued on thee H1-1 and up the S65 to the S1 and back to Skukuza after detouring to - you guessed it - lake Panic.
On the S65 there wasn't much to see util we came across this beauty.
and on the S1 a Gymnogene/African Harrier Hawk. I was a bit confused by the orange face but the book says they flush red when they are excited.
At Lake Panic, a Black Crake and an African Jacana.
Back to Skukuza for some breakfast. In the big fig tree by the river was a Purple Crested Turaco and a Green Pigeon.
Back to the campsite to pack up the tent for the last time. A mantis was on the tent and was easy to see until I put it on a tree.
On the way to Lower Sabie, a Shikra or Little Banded Goshawk,
At Lubyelubye Lions on the rocks.
And a couple of Kms down the road, another Lion.
After we checked in at LS, we went for our afternoon drive - H4-2/S28/S137/S130/H4-2.
Near the LS bridge, a Whitecrowned Lapwing.
At Ntandanyathi Hide - after a quick look for the snake - a Hippo was rolling around in small amount of water that is left.
And showing us what big teeth it has.
A little further up the gully, some movement........
What's that? What's that? What's that? WOW!!!!!!!!
Cape Clawless Otter. Only the second time we've ever seen one
At Duke waterhole, a Giraffe against the setting sun.
And as we reached the north end of the S130, I checked for traffic to my left and saw Doggies.
What and amazing day!!!! Big 5, Painted Dogs and OTTER!!!!!
Time to turn in now, have to be up early for our last game drive tomorrow morning.