The next morning we were up early for another Full Day Walk and during this 16.65km walk we were once again very lucky with all the great sightings and experiences!!!
In total we had 4 different herd of Buffaloes, 3 Herds of Elephants, some Giraffe, Warthog, Steenbok, Impalas and a awesome sighting of 3 White Rhino's lying sleeping in the stream, and eventually stood up to feed along the stream. Eventually when we were heading back to vehicle we found Elephants everywhere, and they kept us busy for 45 minutes, trying to walk around them to get to the vehicle.
I think with all this action, my system was stressed out and that Monday the 30th of July was man down with Flu and once again it took me on the 2nd of August.
Tuesday the 31st of July we did the morning walk 6 km's from the gate and saw general game like Warthog, Giraffes, Impalas and a big herd of Kudus.
The 1st of August on the 3 game drives that went out, I found Kudus just before the Sable Dam turn off, and guests stopped next to us, saying there are 60 Elephants bathing in Sable dam, so guess where we went, and didn't find ONE Elephant at the dam, only a Giraffe Bull drinking, just shows you how the bush sightings changing the whole time... Luckily when we got to the back of Sable Dam we saw a herd of Elephants, and had sundowners not long after that. On our way up to Masorini to view the night sky, we found Buffalo Bulls, and a big Collared Elephant Bull. On our way back we found Steenbok, Impalas, 2 Chameleons, and Spotted Thickknee that caught a little snake. The wind came up and blow all our unknown sightings away...
Oh ya, and we saw the 1st Yellow Billed Kite on this game drive just before Erfplaas!!!!
On the 4th of August we had another Bush Braai and on my game drive we found Elephants, Buffaloes, and the general game.
Tuesday the 7th on my Night Drive we found the White backed Vultures breeding on the S131 gravel road, Elephant, and Impalas on our way to Nandzana waterhole, and when we arrived at Nandzana waterhole we saw some Buffaloes drinking water from the water trough. Craig called me on the radio saying he is busy watching Lion at Masorini, so decided to make my way there after sundowners, but were not lucky to see the cat. We though did find Steenbok, Duiker, Scrub Hare, Black backed Jackals, Elephants, African Civet Cat at Masorini, Side Striped Jackal, Spotted Eagle Owl, Small Spotted Genet, Warthog, and a herd of Buffaloes crossing the tar road.
On the Morning drive of the 8th of July we were again lucky finding 2 male Lions at Masorini waterhole. While they were quenching their thirst, another 1 started roaring to the East, and the 2 males stood up, and walked into the direction where they heard the other 1. With lots of corners and u-turns, we found the 2 males again on the Masorini loop, and not long after the other male appeared on the gravel road, with these 2 chasing him!!! We had this whole scene for 40 minutes!!!!
We also found Elephant Bulls, Giraffes, Tawny Eagles, Chanting Goshawk, Giant Eagle Owl, and a Kudu Bull.
Thursday the 9th of August 2012 was another one of those walks that will also be a fond one in my memories!!! We walked from Nandzana waterhole and as we arrived there, there were Elephant Bulls all over!!! We parked and started the walk, walking next to the stream. Strange, but the whole time in my mind I thought Leopard and then found the other spotted ones- Giraffes. They eventually ran away from us, and then we made our way up, out and away from the stream. Just as we got to the top, my eye caught some movement and saw 2 of them!!! They were 2 young Leopard Cubs!!!!!!
The one ran away and the other one ran towards us, and as it realised where he/she was running to, it stopped and sat down, watching us, and long after that started crawling away, the leopard crawl- movement, was soooo nice to experienced once more, and went and sat in a Russet Bushwillow bush, and there he/she sat and watched us, until we left it, after 20 minutes!!! We saw some Zebras, and Impalas too!!!
2 Days ago we started off with a Morning walk that didn't have 1 dull moment, we had action the whole walk long!!! Elephant Bulls everywhere, and now and then found Impalas, Kudu Bulls, Giraffes and Steenbok. And then my day changed completely to the opposite. Nothing wanted to work out the way how I wanted it, and even got a dent in my car, due to a idiot that doesn't feel much for other peoples property, that pushed a shopping trolley into my car. The Bush Braai Game drive was a mess, and the bush braai were chaos with the group we had!!!
Luckily the sightings made up for it, and saw Giraffes, Elephants, Zebras, beautiful Sunset, Steenbok, Duiker, 2 Porcupines, Elephant Herd, 3 Spotted Hyeanas ran down the road, Genet, Civet, and Spring Hare.
Yesterday morning we had another walk and walked from Nandzana waterhole and found a few Elephant Bulls, and while having breakfast we had hyeana and Buffaloes that joined us for breakfast and on our way back to the vehicle found Impalas, Zebras and Steenbok.
Last night we had a beautiful Leopard male lying on a Termite Mount on the S131 gravel road on the Bush Braai game drive!!! Other than the Leopard we didn't see much.
This morning on the Olifants River Backpack Trail drop off I found a Greater Painted Snipe on my way back and the other day I also saw some Arnot's Chats!!!!!
Enjoy your week!!!! Now busy watching the closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games and enjoying my off time, hahahaha!!!