Wow, can't believe how long ago it was I posted my last episode!
anyway think its high time I put this report to "bed" so without too much further delay let me get on with our last day in the park.
but first big thanks go to barryels, hilda, tedredrum, Pumbaa, Vlakvarkvrou, Divine7polo,
for your wonderful words of encouragement, so glad you are enjoying reliving our trip with me.
Today being our last full day and home time looming large we decided to take another drive into the park and also had a planned meet up with WendyA for coffee at Lower Sabie.
Tawny didn't quite feel up to it today so decided to relax at the lodge and let the animals come to her!
So it was Martial, Klystron and myself who set off, mid morning up the H4-2
I have listed in my limited notes that we saw Zebs, Giraffe, Impala, +++, Wildebeest, Rhino, Guineafowl, Woolyneck Storks, Squirrels, Ellies, Warthogs and some Hippos
all in varying places along the route!
Plus a road block in the form of a little Chameleon
crossing the road.Large
We were slowly driving along near the top of the road where it is close to the river and not too far from the low level bridge over the Sabie River and noticed a group of Impala grazing on the edge of the road a little way ahead.
We slowed down as we approached them as per usual, the windows were all fully open, then suddenly and without any warning as we got along side them, the Impala exploded in all directions with one of them leaping straight towards the side of our car followed hot on their heels by a Leopard who I promise was snapping right at its heels!
I honestly thought in that instant that we were going to have an Impala and Leopard in the car with us.
Clearly the Leopard had been hiding in the bushes watching the Impala and had then used us as a shield to try and trap them and make a kill.
We were all absolutely stunned and shaken and could hardly believe what had just happened.
Anyway, by some miracle and to this day I still don't know how the Impala managed to evade the clutches of the Leopard and also not fall but it somehow did!
I can still picture it almost on its side up against the side of the car as it swerved to get behind us and across the road!
Of course there was pandemonium in the Impala herd, all on high alert with alarm calls ringing out like crazy.
These were the only pics we managed to get of the Leopard as it stood angrily behind our car, tail swishing from side to side. In fact these were all taken by Martial who was agile enough to twist around and shoot the pic backwards.
Darn! can't believe I missed that one! LargeLargeLargeLarge
It finally stalked off into the bush on the opposite side and wandered down towards the river.
We waited and toed and froed for almost half an hour as we could still hear alarm calls of birds and impala and hoped it might try for another tactic.
In fact so loud were the calls that a guide in an OSV who was parked on the bridge heard them and came rushing over to see what was going on, he had guessed it was Leopard and when he heard our story went a bit
As the time had arrived for our meeting with Wendy I called her and she came down and joined us but unfortunately the only other view we had of the Leopard was a brief glimpse of it through the bushes as it headed north towards the bridge.
So with still adrenaline pumping we headed on and took a drive over the bridge and back.
This Goliath Heron
was busy with his fishing duties and not too concerned by all the goings on around him.Large
Then it was definitely coffee time and we all met at Lower Sabie picnic site which was the first time I had actually been there and I found it quite a pleasant little spot. Glossy Starling
and a beautiful Impala LilyLarge
Had a last lovely natter and then good byes and we parted ways, plans are afoot to meet up again soon!
We decided we could not possibly have one last visit to Sunset Dam so it was off there and as usual so much to see!YB Storks, Crocs, Hippos, Warthogs, Imps, Kudu and Fish Eagle,
Off back down and the plan was to take the S130
These Southern Whitecrowned Shrikes
are always so nice to see.LargeLarge
and some of the usual animals.
Turned onto the S28
and managed to get another Secretary BirdLarge
with quite long horns!Large
Then before we knew it the gate loomed large and then the bridge and we were out, but at least we still could get back to the lodge and sit listening to the night sounds of Kruger one last time and discussing our adventures of the past 14 days.
Thanks to everyone for reading my report, joining us and of course for Tawny, Martial for their company, pics and help and to Klystron for once more for his pics and for helping/sorting and getting them all ready for posting.
Till Kruger calls us back again and it will and has