Day 6 Satara
I woke up at 5 this morning, feeling much better. So I stayed awake and woke Roan up at 5:30. Staying over in Satara, and not doing an early morning drive is just silly. So we were up and on our way to the S100 at 6:00.
We were on the S100, with one car in front of us. Both of us driving only 20 or 30km per hour. The sun was just up and Roan was still sleepy, when my eye caught something on the left hand side. It was a leopard, and as soon as I realized it, I hit the brakes, and flashed my head light at the person driving in front of me. He reversed quickly and was grateful that we signaled and that they were able to get a glimpse of the leopard.
The only clear picture I got was this one. He was walking so fast, before we knew it, he was gone.
Well, the excitement woke Roan up completely and off we went, looking for more. And we had some luck. On the last few kilometers before we reached the S41 we found this lion king.
We spend about 30 minutes with him, but he was to tired too stand up and give us a show. So we continued on the H6 back to Satara. We saw this crocodile and with his tail and the reflection of the water, I thought it will be a great pic. Just a pity the light was not that good.
We found some vultures in the trees and knew something was going on. While making some pictures of them, I saw something lying in the road. We drove forward and saw signs of a big fight and carcass peaces lying around. I will ask Roan to post his pictures and write what we saw there. His pictures are way better than mine.
We went back to camp and by this time Philip and Eric was wide awake and eating breakfast. We decided to head to Olifants camp, and on our way there have lunch at Timbavati picnic spot. So after breakfast we took the H1-4 and saw this yellow billed stork.
On the s127 road we came across this zebra. Her tummy was so big, I think she was due to giving birth any day. We even saw the baby moving.
While admiring the Zebra, a staff vehicle came from the front and stopped next to us. He told us to turn on the S40 and only 3km from Timbavati we will find a leopard in a tree. So we immediately went to look for him. And exactly 3km from the junction, we found him, in a tree, with his kill.
We were SOOOOO excited.
After spending some time with the LIT, Roan complained about stomach pains so we headed towards Timbavati. We quickly braaied a boerewors on the skottelbraai, and hoped Roan's tummy ache will pass after he ate, but it got worse.
So instead of heading to Olifants, we decided to head back to Satara.
At the junction we saw a car coming from the S40, flashing his lights at us. We though he was going to tell us about the leopard, and he did, but he also told us to drive another 10km on that road and we will find WHITE LIONS.
I never heard of white lions in Kruger. I thought it will probably not be true, but we wanted to check it out anyway, as it was anyway in the direction of Satara.
We arrived and saw these 4 lions resting very peacefully. They were not white lions off course, but they were very light colored, and with the sun shining on them, I can see the why people thought they were white lions. We took a few quick pictures and headed back to camp.
At camp we relaxed the afternoon. Roan laid in bad, watching movies to keep him occupied and luckily by the next morning he felt much better. (Eric luckily didn't get sick. I was grateful for that )